Blog post by Marco Altini
HRV analysis can be used for various applications. What we do at HRV4Training is to quantify baseline physiological stress (what we could call "chronic" stress), and how this changes in response to training and lifestyle over periods of weeks or longer. To quantify baseline physiological stress, our measurements need to be taken in a very precise moment, which is first thing in the morning, so that we can avoid the effect of confounding factors. You can find a few examples here
By capturing changes in resting physiology, we can provide useful feedback that helps individuals to make meaningful adjustments to better balance training and lifestyle. This is particularly relevant as we all respond differently even to the same stressors depending on various aspects (how novel is the stressor, how much of that stressor we are used to take, what other stressors are present), hence only by measuring our individual response we can figure out if it's all proceeding according to our plans or not
What about HRV biofeedback then?
HRV Biofeedback is a technique that we use to improve self-regulation, and also strengthen the parasympathetic system. While our morning measurements should be done while resting and breathing naturally, during biofeedback we use deep breathing to elicit higher parasympathetic activity
You can see your biofeedback session the same way you see your other training sessions, this is something you do so that in the longer term, there can be beneficial changes in health and performance. Biofeedback is just a positive stressor
Where do regular baseline HRV measurements and Biofeedback meet?
Normally we would recommend doing biofeedback exercises as an add on the regular morning measurement done with HRV4Training. Combining biofeedback with morning measurements taken with HRV4Training, you could see also potential changes in baseline chronic physiological stress as measured in a known context (first thing in the morning), as a result of your biofeedback sessions