What is Heart Rate Variability?

Emerging technologies has advanced well being and health assessments for health professionals. One such recent development permits the physical therapist to monitor any subtle changes within the nervous system. The use of Heart Rate Variability captures patterns of brain and nervous system functions and can be a great instrument to test well being. 

What is Heart Rate Variability? 

A deviation of the beat-to-beat interval period is a physiological phenomenon. The regulation of the variation is dependent of numerous factors. One important influence is the brain.

The brain controls the regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Autonomic Nervous System predominantly consists of the Sympathetic (“fight or flight “response) or Parasympathetic (“rest and digest “response) Nervous System. The clinical use of Heart Rate Variability can evaluate painlessly and non-invasively the immediate impact the brain has over Autonomic Functionality. 

Role of Heart Rate Variability - Well being 

The set up procedure for Heart Rate Variability only takes minutes. While the patient is resting, surface electrodes are attached on the body over certain sites. Depending on the protocol of the test, often the testing duration ranges from 3 to 10 minutes. A comprehensive report is analysed following a valid test procedure. 

Often they observe subtle rhythmic patterns of the heart rate (aka Heart Rate Variability (HRV) which allows the technician to determine the effectiveness of given treatment plans. Some appropriate strategies may include Autonomic Biofeedback therapy. It is clear that this form of therapy is very effective even before any serious physical symptoms arise. Therefore, it could be used for well being therapy. 

Accurate monitoring of brain health can be greatly enhanced by monitoring your Heart Rate Variability and assessing the autonomic balance. For further information regarding Heart Rate Variability and biofeedback please contact Brainstorm on 1300 433 667 or [email protected].

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What is Heart Rate Variability?