HOW DO WE MEASURE STRESS IN THE BODY?

by admin on January 13, 2011

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HOW DO WE MEASURE STRESS IN THE BODY?

We can measure individual levels of stress; however, a test called Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has become the standard for measuring physiological stress. It is extremely valuable because it reflects the balance in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). In medical science the best tests are simple, reliable, easily reproducible and measure what you are trying to test. The Heart Rate Variability test is a beautiful example of this. In design, it is simple in that it measures the increase and decrease (variability) of the heart rate in relationship to breathing patterns. It is reliable in that it is a “gold standard” test. It is the best medical test that we have for measuring the autonomic nervous system.

The balance of the ANS equals growth and healing which adds up to health, whereas imbalance or stress in the system leads to disease and ill health.

NOTE: Life Vessel of the Rockies uses ANSAR for Heart Rate Variability testing of the ANS.

Source: Ben Johnson, MD, DO, NMD and Alex Loyd, PhD, ND, The Healing Code

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