Why Should I Get An HRV Stress Analysis+?
1) ) According to the CDC, Heart dis-ease is the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S. The HRV is a proactive analysis. Most people have no symptoms prior to a heart attack, also known as the "Monday Morning Heart Attack."
2) Chronic dis-ease, chronic symptoms, and chronic pain stem from stress. The Heart Rate Variability analysis measures the body’s stress levels.
3) HRV is a unique analysis for assessing your health and fitness. From amateur to professional athletes, the HRV can assist in monitoring the results of your training regimen.
Your ability to live and heal is based on your ability to adapt to life’s challenges (stress). Trish Hoehn, MAOT & BioEnergetic Specialist, uses the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as a stress biofeedback device. HRV is not only to assess the heart, but the nervous system, which controls the heart. Heart Rate Variability is an important biomarker to measure; it is a key indicator of the body’s stress tolerance, adaptability and resiliency.
How Heart Rate Variability Works
We have all had our pulse taken at one time or another. This is to measure how many times the heart beats per minute, which provides a type of health assessment for Western Medicine. The HRV on the other hand, measures the time between heart beats. For example, if your heart beats 60 times in one minute, each beat is NOT exactly one second. One beat could be 0.8 seconds and another 1.2 seconds equaling two seconds of the 60 seconds. This difference in heart rate is what makes up your unique HRV.
What Happens During The Testing?
Gentle clamps are placed on the wrists to record the time interval between heart beats; this data is applied to multiple complex mathematical analyses that generate a visual display of your tension level, energy reserve vs. energy expenditure, actual age vs. biological age, nervous system function, psycho-emotional balance, resilience to stress and more.
The Science Behind The Test
During the testing, the HRV measures how well the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is working within the body. Your ANS includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems (SNS & PNS) which work together in times of stress and anxiety. The ANS controls heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, digestion, organ function, and many other aspects of the body’s physiology.
The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) goes into action when there is a threat to respond to, called the “flight or fight” response. After the threat has passed, the SNS slows as the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) takes over and returns the body to being balanced and relaxed. If this process is not happening, the body stays in a stressed state, which contributes to anxiety attacks, sleep deprivation, headaches, weight gain, digestive issues, heart issues, suicidal thoughts, brain fog and more.
“I’m Not Under Any Stress”
Did you know that something as small as a piece of clothing not fitting correctly or your cell phone pinging with a new text alert can put the body in a low level of “flight or fight?” If the components of the nervous system aren’t properly balanced and functioning, you may find yourself consciously or unconsciously resorting to unhealthy behaviors to reduce your stress: stress eating, indulging in comfort foods, and drug or alcohol abuse are just a few examples. Some may release their pent-up stress through explosive behavior leaving a trail of destruction and damaged relationships in their wake, while others may try to bottle up their stress, experiencing depression and anxiety as their health deteriorates. We may think we’re managing it all fine. . .and then the cell phone pings again. . .
Did you know that each incidence of stress creates a hormonal response in the body? This cascade of hormones actually provides the fuel pathogens (viruses, bacteria, molds, parasites) need to flourish and spread. Stress is actually a major trigger for acute and chronic disease. At Lotus Be Well, Trish Hoehn offers the HRV as a stand-alone service to check health status and track progress, and also includes it in her full BioEnergetic Health Analysis to determine the optimal plan of care to help you reach your wellness goals.
Trish provides her clients with valuable, detailed health information. She then guides clients with a strategic plan to reach their health goals using effective technology-based therapies and lifestyle changes.