The Effects of Thoracic Manipulation on Heart Rate Variability: A Controlled Crossover Trial

Brian Budgell and Barbara Polus

The objective of this study was to measure the effects of thoracic spinal manipulation on heart rate variability (HRV) in a cohort of healthy young adults. In healthy young adults, thoracic spinal manipulation was associated with changes in HRV that were not duplicated by the sham procedure. The authors conclude that high-velocity and low-amplitude manipulation of the thoracic spine appears to be able to influence autonomic output to the heart in ways that are not duplicated by a sham procedure or by other forms of somatic/physical therapies.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Volume 29, Issue 8, October 2006, Pages 603-610

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