In terms of the potential stressors contributing to chronic disease, thought stress is extremely destructive in terms of inflammation. Of all the stressors, it is the most frequent. Repetitive negative thought patterns are powerful promoters of inflammatory mediators in the body. The resulting continuous physiological stress response (ie continuous release of stress hormones) is damaging to the body in the long term. and contributes to chronic low grade inflammation which predisposes individuals to developing chronic disease. This is why it is so important to address the mind body connection, especially when disease is already established.
Studies show that through using HeartMath techniques, stress levels recede, energy levels increase and we are capable of achieving a state of optimal clarity, perception and performance.
HeartMath techniques are not the same as relaxation exercises which generally promote a passive state. On the contrary, Heartmath techniques are active self-regulation exercises using self-generated positive emotions to drive the body into a harmonious state.
Simple HeartMath techniques can be used at any time, to control your own stress hormone levels and empower you to take control of the mind-body aspect of your particular condition. You will find these exercises useful not only for empowering you in the management of your condition, but also in many of life’s challenging circumstances.
The following are a few publications on the use of HeartMath technology in Medicine:
Barrios-Choplin, B., R. McCraty, and B. Cryer. An inner quality approach to reducing stress and improving physical and emotional wellbeing at work, Stress Medicine, 1997. 13(3): p. 193-201.
Luskin, F., M. Reitz, K. Newell, T.G. Quinn, and W.A. Haskell, W. A controlled pilot study of stress management training of elderly patients with congestive heart failure. Preventive Cardiology, 2002. 5(4): p. 168-172, 176.
McCraty, R., M. Atkinson, L. Lipsenthal, and L. Arguelles, Impact of the Power to Change Performance program on stress and health risks in correctional officers. 2003: Boulder Creek, CA: HeartMath Research Center, Institute of HeartMath, Report No. 03-014, 2003.
McCraty R, Atkinson M, Tomasino D. Impact of a workplace stress reduction program on blood pressure and emotional health in hypertensive employees. J Altern Complement Med. 2003 Jun;9(3):355-69.
McCraty R, Barrios-Choplin B, Rozman D, Atkinson M, Watkins AD.The impact of a new emotional self-management program on stress, emotions, heart rate variability, DHEA and cortisol. Integr Physiol Behav Sci. 1998 Apr-Jun;33(2):151-70.