We're discussing heart rate variability for mind-body health, as well as athletic performance. Our expert guest is Professor Karen Mueller. Karen is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University and the author of the book, Communication from the Inside Out: Strategies for the Engaged Professional. With a career-long interest in the promotion of mind-body health throughout the lifespan, she has published and presented in the areas of mindfulness and brain-based communication strategies to support optimal living. Karen's current research involves the study of compassion among healthcare students and burnout among physical therapy students. You'll learn all about the importance of measuring heart rate variability, how training heart rate variability can help improve athletic performance, and the importance of heart rate variability for both physical and mental wellbeing.
Before we begin, I wanted to let you know that my newest book called Radical Relief: A Guide to Overcome Chronic Pain, is available for pre-order on Amazon. Radical Relief is based on three science-backed methods, including pain, neuroscience education, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness, a topic which we'll be discussing on this episode. Radical Relief is perfect for practitioners who treat chronic pain or for people living with pain, and it's filled with brief exercises that use the power of the mind as well as easy to read chapters with full color illustrations. Without further ado, let's meet Professor Karen Mueller and learn all about heart rate variability.
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