Research conducted by Dr. Hart

Heart rate used at Hart Chiropractic

I use heart rate in my practice to help me decide whether or not my patient needs a spinal adjustment. I explain the rationale for this approach in my 2013 paper referenced below. 

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Hart J. Resting pulse rate as a potentially useful autonomic marker for neurologically-based chiropractic practice. The Internet Journal of Chiropractic 2013; 2 (1), DOI: 10.5580/2ccc. Journal: 

Chiropractic case study using heart rate

In this case study, a colleague and I apply the heart rate method in practice. The paper is referenced below. If you have a question or comment about this research, feel free to email me at:



Hart J, Schwartzbauer M. Analysis of resting pulse rates before and after a single chiropractic adjustment for an individual patient: A descriptive study. The Internet Journal of Chiropractic 2016; 5(1). DOI: 10.5580/IJCH.39503. Journal:

Article published in running magazine

In the Fall 2017 issue of Pace Running Magazine, I wrote an article on resting pulse rate as a measure of neurological fitnessalso for runners. Feel free to contact me for a hard copy of this issue of the magazine. The article is also available online at:

Study published on Dr. Hart's patients

I did a study on my patients comparing resting heart rate before versus after spinal adjustment. The study found that patients experienced a benefit beyond symptomatic improvement, namely in the form of reduced resting pulse rates (RPR). Many other studies have shown that a lower RPR is associated with better health compared to a higher RPR. For example, these other studies show that people with a lower RPR tend to live longer than their counterparts who have a higher RPR. 


Here is the citation where the full paper is available for free: 

Hart J. Resting pulse rates under chiropractic care: A preliminary practice-based study. Internet Journal of Chiropractic 2018; 7(1): 1-5. Journal:

Case study published on resting heart rate changes with different exercise routines

In this study, I use a method of self-measured resting heart rate that may be of interest to those striving for physical fitness. In particular, I report my resting heart rate during various  exercise routines, as exercise can eventually also reduce (improve) resting heart rate). Here is the citation for those who might be interested:

Hart J. Resting pulse rate analysis for an individual undergoing different types of exercise: A case study in methodology. Biology of Exercise 2018; 14 (1): 75-86. Journal:

Volunteers needed for onging research project

I continue to do heart rate research in my practice with those patients who like to contribute to the progress of the chiropractic profession.  If you are interested in joining this effort, call me at 350-2898 to set up a free consultation. In appreciation for your participation in the study, should you decide to participate, you will receive a free spinal exam and chiropractic adjustment (if needed).