In simple terms the distance between beats of the heart measures the heart's variability, also known as heart rate variability (HRV). The significance of this variability directly relates to the health of the nervous system. A highly variable rate indicates a plastic nervous system that can adapt easily and promote longevity, however a static HRV shows the systems failure to change and is seen frequency in illness and degeneration.
Being able to measure and record HRV is, in it's self a great asset when you are examining a patient's overall health and ability to heal. There are applications that can be downloaded on smart phones fro a few dollars that allow the layperson to now control this sort of technology, and I recommend everyone investigates HRV and the potential it holds. Perhaps the most simplest and FREE app is the Kenkou Stress Compass, you can search for it online. For years I have used HRV with success and it has become a strong factor in my patient evaluations however recently I was fortunate to encounter Patrick Botte, from http://www.saintphonie.be and he has introduced me to a much more expanded way to collect the data. Partick has written software that can compute multiple waves from the original HRV wave, allowing us to visualize the Sympathetic, Parasympathetic and Cranial rhythms. Now, we can isolate these individual signals and see an instant response to treatments.
In particular the introduction of being able to measure the cranial wave is remarkable, since it has taken me more than 15 years to be able to sense this subtle rhythm, now I can validate its existence on a computer screen in less than 2 minutes. Anyone in the field of manual medicine would immediately understand these implications but for the average person it simply means you can see immediately if a treatment applied to your condition is useful or not.
Stephen Stokes is a working physician in Fort Myers, Florida who owns and operates Advanced Pain Solutions. He has been in practice since 2001. Visit and subscribe to his you tube channel by clicking (HERE).