By Ken Scott
Chronic Stress is the result of prolonged engagement of the Sympathetic Nervous System, a branch of the Autonomic Nervous system often referred to as the Fight or Flight Nervous System. All living organisms can tolerate short term stress and in many ways acute stress can be beneficial to growth and evolution, but when we turn on stress and can't turn it off, we begin to push the genetic buttons that cause disease!
Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) is a foundational component of Transformation Coaching’s offerings where individuals are coached in self-regulating breathing techniques while being monitored by a Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitor. The individual is then provided with a Coherence score which is a numeric output they can track and see improvement in over time. Coherence is a measure of autonomic balance, harmony, or order. When we are in a state of stress, we are Incoherent and as a result would see a lower Coherence score.
A meta-analysis of 881 studies was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in March of 2021. The analysis concluded "This systematic review shows significant improvement of the non-invasive HRVB training in stress related disorders like PTSD, depression, and panic disorder..."
According to the Stress in America Survey 2022…
Developing the skill of creating and sustaining a state of Coherence by using proven techniques and HRVB is an accessible way to reduce stress and the risk of stress related disease and disorders.
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Kennith James Scott