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EFFECT OF WEIGHTBATH HYDROTRACTION TREATMENT ON AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM


Authors: Svetlana Petrik, Irina Soldatova, Galina Borisyuk, Nadejda Strepetilova




 

Introduction: We proposed a hypothesis that weightbath hydrotraction treatment (WHT) can influence autonomic nervous system since descending branches of cervical part of the sympathetic trunk innervate the heart.

 

The aim: of the study was to investigate the influence of WHT on the heart rate variability (HRV) in patients with osteochondrosis of  cervical spine (OCS).

 

Methods: 27 patients (21F/6M) with OCS aged 44±6 were examined. The WHT treatment was adjusted individually to each patient. The course of WHT usually consisted of 10 to 15 procedures, lasting for 15-20 minutes. We studied 5 minutes ECG recording of time domain and frequency domain parameters before and after WHT course.

Wilcoxon criterion was used for statistical analysis.

 

Results:

 

 

NOTE: All variables are shown as medians.

 

Conclusion: WHT of cervical spine intensifies sympathetic and vagal effects on the heart rate.