Heart rate variability (HRV) is the beat-to-beat variations in heart rate or pulse, which occur naturally during all levels of activity, from running and jumping to sitting still or sleeping. HRV is intimately tied to a person’s emotional state, and with biofeedback you can use HRV as a treatment option for a variety of mental and emotional conditions, including anxiety and depression.
HRV patterns are different from simple heart rate patterns, and much more significant for psychological treatment. When we are in a state of stress, anxiety, anger or sadness our heart rate variation tends to be lower, disordered and chaotic. In contrast, when we are in a positive emotional state, like love, laughter or gratitude, our heart rate variation tends to be increased, ordered and rhythmic.
Using a computerized analysis of heart rate and respiratory rate information, it is possible to measure the rate of variability and use the information to create a change in emotional state.
How Does HRV Biofeedback Work?
HRV Biofeedback uses the computerized data collected and displays it on a screen so you are able to watch and monitor your heart patterns as you change your thoughts, breathing, body tension and other activities. Through practice, you develop specific techniques to adjust and modify your heart rhythms to an ideal state. After a series of sessions and use of the techniques you learn, you ultimately are able to self-regulate the ideal rhythms you desire.
What Conditions is HRV Biofeedback Used to Treat?
HRV biofeedback training is a useful treatment option for a number of psychological and mental conditions, including:
- Anxiety and Panic
For more information on how the HRV Biofeedback can be used to treat a variety of conditions, please contact us or call 480-314-4299.