Our nervous system scan technology, the Pulse Wave Profiler (the third test when you get your scan done in our office) allows us to monitor your autonomic nervous system and your body’s stress response by collecting Heart Rate Variability data. This is a unique, extremely exciting, and powerful tool for the chiropractic profession. For the first time, instead of measuring parameters on or around the spine, we are able to directly measure the effect of chiropractic care on the function of a vital organ! This significant “proof point” clearly demonstrates the whole body health and wellness benefits of chiropractic care, beyond simple relief from pain and symptoms.
The Pulse Wave Profiler helps you to visualize your overall ability to adapt to stress. It does this by looking at the timing of your pulse, and determining the balance and tone of your nervous system. Proper balance and tone are associated with better adaptability and a healthy lifestyle. Low heart rate variability is associated with aging and poor heart health. Published research has shown that chiropractic adjustments have a beneficial effect on heart rate variability.
The best thing about having your Pulse Wave Profile done is that you can see if you are truly healthy from the inside out, and if you aren’t pleased with your score, you can actively make changes to improve your health, then prove that you have done so when you repeat the test. It’s genius!
-Dr. Amy Mercovich