Suboccipital decompression enhances heart rate variability indices of cardiac control in healthy subjects.

  title={Suboccipital decompression enhances heart rate variability indices of cardiac control in healthy subjects.},
  author={Paul D Giles and Kendi L Hensel and Christina F. Pacchia and Michael L. Smith},
  journal={Journal of alternative and complementary medicine},
  volume={19 2},
OBJECTIVES Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) focused on the upper cervical spine is theorized to affect the function of the vagus nerve and thereby influence the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. This study was designed to determine the acute effect of upper cervical spine manipulation on cardiac autonomic control as measured by heart rate variability. DESIGN Nineteen healthy, young adult subjects underwent three different experimental interventions administered… CONTINUE READING
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