Heart Rate Variability (HRV), its Measurement, and Epidemiology by Richard Gevirtz, PhD

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In this webinar, we briefly discuss the physiological basis of Heart Rate Variability (HRV), its measurement, and epidemiology. This is the needed background for understanding the biofeedback technique known as HRV Biofeedback (HRVB) or Resonance Frequency Biofeedback.

We then discuss, in detail, the protocol developed by Lehrer, Vaschillo, and me. This involves finding resonance frequency, encouraging home training, and application to the presenting problem. Issues with compliance, home training, and respiration are discussed. We will then briefly discuss application. I will poll the participants to see which applications we can briefly cover (Pain, IBS, Anxiety, Trauma, Dysautonomia, etc.)

Video Format: MP4
Length: 1hr 16mins

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Dr. Richard Gevirtz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 40 years and is a past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and BCIA. His primary research interests are in understanding the physiological and psychological mediators involved in disorders such as chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal pain, and trauma. In this vein, he has studied applications of heart rate variability biofeedback and measurement for anxiety, pain, gastrointestinal, cardiac rehabilitation and other disorders. He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on these topics. He also maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress related disorders