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.
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
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
Developer: Vital-EQ (International Institute of Stress Management)
Type of Treatment: Symptom tracker
Targeted Conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English, Dutch, and French
Get it on: Google Play, iTunes
There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Respiroguide
Click the links below to learn more about the treatment types used in this app.
How Symptom Trackers Work