Vital-EQ Respiroguide is an app using wave-based visualization to help users decrease levels of anxiety and stress. The home screen displays a breathing visual aid consisting of a wave with a small yellow circle. Upon pressing play, the small yellow circle moves along the wave to indicate when the user should inhale and exhale breaths. It is set up so that the user achieves 4-7 breaths per minute for 3 minutes.

On iTunes, ‘Lite’ and ‘Pro’ versions of the app are available; the Pro version allows the user to personalize each inhalation length, breathing rate, and the total duration of the breathing exercise. This review refers to the Pro version.

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Overall Score: 1.45/5.00

Research base 1/3
Research support 1/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 1/3
Number of consumer ratings 1/3
Product advisory support 0/1
Software support 0/2

Total 4/14

date of rating:  July 2017

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Available for: iOS 6.1 or later (iPhone, iPad Pro, iPod Touch), Android 2.2 or later
Company Name: Vital-EQ (International Institute of Stress Management)
Classification (Type of Treatment): Symptom tracker
Targeted conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target demographics: Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English, Dutch, French
Where to get it:
Google Play