HRV biofeedback- guide to better health and wellbeing

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Medical knowledge of the relationship between body and mind has greatly increased in the last 20 years. It is now widely accepted that there is powerful coupling between mental and physical states. However, this knowledge has not gained a corresponding influence over the way we work or live. Stress and overload are increasingly common phenomena of our times.
HRV analysis

HRV scanner and biofeedback 

With this device we can figure out how we're doing with the activation of stress regulatory mechanisms and whether we can turn off and let the body regenerate. Simply- Evaluate your stress level, stress reactions and ability to adapt body functions. How does it work ?

HRV (heart rate variability ) is an expression of the constantly fluctuating time interval between each two heartbeats, which is affected by various regulatory systems in the body - especially by the autonomic nervous system. This variability is an indicator of the health of human body - expressing its capability to respond properly to various stimuli. The capacity to adapt to internal and external stimuli decreases under the influence of negative emotions and stress, which has negative consequences on health in the long term, leading for example to high blood pressure, depression or burnout.

People who have a low heart rate variability get much faster exhausted and overwhelmed by changes and challenges in various areas of life, because they have a lower resilience (resistance) to stress. People with good resilience have the ability to manage the burdens or life changes much better and healthier.

Anxiety, anger and stress - From Chaos to Coherence


To prevent or reverse the dangerous influence of emotional or physical stress, there is a method called HRV biofeedback, a recording method based on scientific evidence of physiological signals ( heart rate), which get analyzed and visualized. Using HRV biofeedback you can begin to realize the processes in your body that you would have otherwise not notice.

You receive immediate feedback on how thinking, feeling and breathing directly affect the heart rate and biofeedback visualizes whether it is more rigid or variable and coherent. In training sessions, you can learn to influence positively your HRV and increase resilience through proper breathing, stress coping skills and relaxation.

In sports, the HRV has become an important parameter in the meantime to promote healthy for training and preparation for optimal performance.  Increasingly, measurement and analysis of HRV is used in stress management but also as a backup method in the treatment of various psychosomatic difficulties.

 

  

Example of poor HRV. Middle aged man with 9 years of diabetes type II in his medical history. Body mass index above 30, hypertension and high levels of work related stress.

HRV high

 

Example of good HRV.

Sportsman, Body Mass Index 23, healthy lifestyle

 

Two examples of HRV. The upper example is from the person with diabetes. The example beneath it is from a sporty person with BMI 23. The aim of rehabilitation is to achieve greater HRV which is shown as larger triangle figure  on green.

 

More and more advanced technologies made ​​it possible that we can easily measure daily physiological parameters and graphically show the effects of lifestyle on the body . This allows ECG device , which records some time ( napr.24 hours ) cardiac variability , and the results analyzed by a special software .

HRV signal

More and more advanced technologies made ​​it possible that we can easily measure daily physiological parameters and graphically show the effects of lifestyle on the body . This allows ECG device , which records some time (e.g.24 hours) cardiac variability, and the results analyzed by a special software

 

 Evaluation may answer various questions, such as:

  
  When am I most efficient?
    How do I handle stressful situations?
    What is my current stress burden?
    What is my ability to regenerate?

 

HRV biofeedback in therapy and stress management

To achieve the proper and natural breathing, the right mental attitude of the client is the key - this is visualized by a flying balloon over the green meadow. Positive thoughts promote peaceful balloon flight, when the client thinks of anger, stress situations, this reduces the coherence and the balloon starts to descend. Thus you receive directly feedback during the exercise  and  how your behavior, attitude and thinking have influence on your internal balance, long-term health, well-being and quality of life and learn exercises to improve it.

 HRV balon

 

The aim of HRV biofeedback training is coherence, which has a positive effect on the mind and body. Training synchronizes breathing, blood pressure and heart beat (what is called coherence) with the purpose of better stress management skills faster release, improving immunity and developing a better awareness of the body.

 

 

Sample graphic biofeedback training, in which the client receives immediate feedback to what extent there is a coherent state. Through the behavior of the balloon is shown rhythm of breathing and heart rate. The higher and quieter the balloon flies, the greater the internal coherence is.

HRV biofeedback has various application, e.g.:

    Reducing fear and worry
    Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
    Restlessness, insomnia, exhaustion, burnout
    Stress-related high blood pressure
    Depression
    Psychosomatic problems
    Stress-related heart problems
    Headaches and migraines
    Enhancing creativity and personal performance
    Prevention of stresss related illnesses

For long-term success should be more complex approach applied: regular training of heart coherence should be accompanied by supportive means, such as a healthy diet, regular exercise and sport, psychotherapy and coaching.

For effective home training we use also a special biofeedback device called Qiu. The patient's current HRV status is displayed in form of a colour-coded visual feedback (red/green). The biofeedback effect will strengthen the user's heart-brain axis (heart rate variability), which will lead to several positive changes in both body and mind.