In December, Malika from the Brythm team presented the initial results from her first PhD research study at Bournemouth University’s PGR Live Exhibition. The Postgraduate Research Live Exhibition is a new venture this academic year and is an opportunity for postgraduate students to showcase their research in creative and innovative ways during the open live exhibition. Members of staff and other PGR students were in attendance to learn about the breadth of research being undertaken across the University faculties.
Malika designed a stand to showcase the results from her latest research project using an academic poster, and also gave attendees the opportunity to experience using the Brythm App and have their blood pressure measured. The opportunity to try using the Brythm App proved popular and everyone loved the design and colours of the graphic, which users follow to guide their breathing rate, with many people commenting on the relaxing nature of the process.
Some attendees also took the opportunity to see the physiological responses to slow and deep breathing first-hand and allowed Malika to set up our non-invasive beat-by-beat blood pressure monitor (Finapres NOVA,Finapres Medical Systems). While using the Brythm App to lower their breathing frequency attendees were able to see the immediate effects of slow and deep breathing on their blood pressure with clear patterns shown between the inspiration and expiration phases (differences between breathing in and breathing out).
The demonstration was an easy way to visually show the findings of Malika’s first research project. For this study 23 women attended one data collection session at the University where they undertook a number of different breathing protocols, including the Brythm App and ‘normal’ spontaneous breathing. Blood pressure and heart rate were measured continuously throughout each breathing protocol in addition to respiratory variables measured using a face mask. The initial results show that the acute responses to slow and deep breathing, for variables such as heart rate and blood pressure, are found in the within-breath comparisons, rather than changes immediately following the slow and deep breathing. These results start to shed light onto the mechanisms that may cause the reduction in blood pressure following long-term daily use of slow and deep breathing. The full results of this study are in the process of being written up for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, when we will be able to share them in more detail with you.
If you are interested in participating in a research project involving Brythm please see the Research page to read about our current research projects or use the Register now page to register your interest in participating in future studies.
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