Effects of Soft Tissue Mobilization on Parasympathetic Tone in Two Age Groups

J. Cottingham M.S., S. Porges, Ph.D., and T. Lyon, M.D., Frances Nelson Health Center, Illinois, 1987

Project:

Parasympathetic tone was assessed by:

  1. Quantifying the amplitude of the respiratory sinus arrhythmia from the heart rate pattern.
  2. Measuring heart rate.

Results:

The pelvic lift increased the tone of the parasympathetic nervous system. This is usually associated with decreased levels of stress.