What is Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback?

HRV Biofeedback helps people to learn to control their response to stress and to build resilience. A simple sensor, attached to the earlobe or fingertip, measures heart rate, and using the latest leading-edge technology, people learn to control their stress responses within a few training sessions, and are then encouraged to practice regularly at home.


Who can benefit from HRV Biofeedback?

At The Perth Brain Centre we most frequently recommend HRV Biofeedback when helping people with:

The Perth Brain Centre uses Heartmath Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback. Heartmath HRVB is a globally recognised scientifically-validated stress-reduction programme that is used by over 1 million people in over 100 countries, including on-site in clinics, hospitals, schools, the military and top companies.

How does HRV Biofeedback work? 

Normally we are able to change our state of arousal easily to meet the demands of day-to-day life. For example we all need to be able to “slow down” and fall asleep when we need, but it is also important to be able to “speed up” and jump out of the way of a racing car if we have to.

It’s equally important that we should always return to a steady baseline. If your baseline is “too slow” then it will be hard to “speed up” and perform well for an exam or work presentation.

Likewise if your baseline is “too fast” then it will be difficult to “slow down” and relax, but it will also be easier for small amounts of extra stress to cause a lot of trouble. In other words, we are all most likely to perform at our best when there is a balance or “High Coherence” between the system that “slows” us down (known as The Parasympathetic Nervous System), and the system that “speeds” us up (known as The Sympathetic Nervous System).  

It is now possible to accurately assess the balance between these two important regulatory systems in real-time by measuring heart-rate variability (HRV) and, more importantly, learn to control them. HRV Biofeedback allows people to learn to control their own response to stress, and with regular practice develop High Coherence and build resilience to maintain a healthy and optimum baseline.


Modern life is full of frustration, deadlines and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. In fact, research shows that 70% of Australians feel that stress is having an impact on their physical and mental health.

People most frequently cite problems with family, finances, health and work as causes of stress. However it is also important to realise that persistent negative feelings, negative self-talk and long-term worry can all result in stress.

Everyone understands that lifestyle can have an significant impact on our level of stress.

Research indicates that lifestyle factors such as getting plenty of sleep, having a hobby or past-time, a healthy diet, meditation, regular engagement with a strong support network (friends and family), regular exercise and time to relax, can all significantly improve our ability to manage stress and cope when under pressure.

Sometimes, simple lifestyle measures are not always enough and people need extra help to manage stress and perform at their best - This is where HRV Biofeedback can help.

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