Improve your Health with Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback


Fibromyalgia * Chronic Fatigue  * Stress * Anxiety 

Emotional Issues * Irritable Bowel Syndrome * Migraine 

* Trauma * High Blood Pressure * Anger

Management of these conditions can be achieved by increasing what is known as your Heart Rate Variability (HRV). These conditions and many others can cause an imbalance in the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and put you into the so called Fight or Flight (Stress) mode.  When the Autonomic Nervous System is out of balance it can no longer function properly.

Excessive unmanaged stress is like going through life with your foot on the accelerator. Sooner or later there will be a 'crash'.

What is Heart Rate Variability (HRV)?

When we breathe in our heart rate increases and when we breathe out it decreases, this difference is  known as Heart Rate Variability (HRV). The bigger the difference the healthier you are.

By practising breathing at your predetermined personal rate you can increase your HRV, improve your  health and manage the conditions mentioned above.

The  increase in HRV can help strengthen your autonomic reflexes and help to restore the function of your ANS closer to its proper state.

How is HRV measured?

Your baseline HRV physiology is recorded and the HRV  responses to 3 simple stressors is monitored using the latest computerised Biofeedback equipment. 

This is a simple non-invasive technique that involves attaching sensors to the fingers, arms and  a velcro strap around the waist. Each session last about 50 minutes.

What is my Personal Breathing Rate and how do I breathe?

Your personal rate will be between 4.5 and 7 breaths per minute.

The breathing technique which you will learn is relaxed abdominal breathing at the rate  determined by  attaching a monitoring device (BVP) to an ear lobe.  At the first your session the baseline HRV is measured  and you are introduced to a Mindful Breathing technique. You are asked to practise breathing at a nominal rate of 6 BPM until your second appointment. Your correct breathing rate is determined at the second session.  The number of sessions required will be determined by your progress. 

To gain the health benefits you have to train the nervous system and  this is done by practising breathing at your personal rate.

Typical Screens

The first screen shot depicts a typical baseline HRV measurement.

The breathing rate is 11 breaths per minute and as can be seen  there is no coherence between the red line (Heart) and the blue line (Breathing), they are chaotic.

The screen below shows the changes (coherence) when breathing at the ideal rate. In this instance it  is 6 breaths per minute. 

Regular practise will increase the height of the peaks,, maintain the coherence and increase

Heart Rate Variability and can improve  overall wellbeing.

 For more information about the method and system please download your free eBook about Heart Rate Variability.                                          

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© John Coates ND CHt Kinesiologist. MANPA, FAACHP