Heart Rate Variability = HRV

Monday 19 December 2011

The term heart rate variability (HRV) describes the ability of the human body to vary the interval between two heartbeats and this is regulated by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The heart rate variability is of great importance as it is just this variability which enables the human body to adapt to every situation (e.g. stress, sport, rest) and to regenerate. It was already in the 3rd century A.D. when the Chinese doctor Wang Shuhe found out that a regular heartbeat can cause death. It is possible to draw conclusions from the HRV concerning the general state of health, vitality and performance.

The human heartbeat is controlled and regulated by the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which consists of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve. These two nerves are working unconsciously and cannot be controlled by will. The sympathetic nerve activates the rhythm of the heart and takes care that the human body is ready for action at every time. However, the parasympathetic nerve is responsible for rest and relaxation of the organism.

These two nerves control all basic body functions such as the immune system, digestion, metabolism and respiration and they react to inner and outer influences and stimuli. Outer stimuli which influence the sympathetic nerve for example are thunder and lightning; when being shocked by thunder the heart beats faster. Another example is climbing long stairs (e.g. Eiffel Tower). Thoughts of positive events such as a birthday party, a won competition, marriage etc. are regarded to be outer stimuli which influence the parasympathetic nerve and therefore lower the HRV. The blood pressure rhythm is an example for inner influences.

When doing sports not only does the heart beat get faster but also does the body need much more energy. After finishing training, the heart beat slows down and the demand for energy decreases. But when suffering form a chronic disease such as asthma, COPD or sleeping disorders or being constantly stressed, this can have negative effects on the HRV. The autonomic nervous system cannot regulate properly and this results in limitations of the HRV and a reduction of the ability to adapt to all situations.

As already mentioned, different inner and outer stimuli influence the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve. Depending on the situation, energy is transported to those body parts which are needed for an appropriate reaction, e.g. when taking part in a sports competition, digestion receives less energy as the energy is needed for power and endurance. As soon as the competition ends the distribution of energy normalizes. But when being constantly stressed, the energy distribution doesn’t normalize. The body doesn’t have enough energy to supply all organs and cells with the amount they need.

This is where Airnergy can help. The Airnergy method has a positive effect on the body’s own regulative power when suffering from stress, burnout or diseases of the respiratory tract such as COPD. The Airnergy Spirovital Therapy makes use of the oxygen (21 %) and energy potential present in normal respiratory air and can help to stimulate the intracellular energy production (ATP). With this energy (ATP = energy currency of the cells) the human body is better able to control and regulate all processes, the ANS can work much better. The positive effect of Airnergy on the autonomic nervous system can be viewed in the improved HRV. With the help of the so called ANS-analysis, the improvement of the HRV after a treatment with Airnergy is clearly measurable. Experiences of thousands of treatments have proven this as well.

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