Hand, Wrist, and Body Positions When Using CorSense

There is very large variation in finger sizes, shapes, skin colors and underlying circulation patterns. 

The hardware and algorithms built into CorSense make accurate measurement of HRV much more feasible for real world use, but there are a few things you can do to optimize the process.

Key Tips

  1. Minimize movement of the hand and arm
  2. Try different fingers, if necessary
  3. Use a comfortable body position, that is easy to keep still
  4. Do not put the CorSense on until you have selected a type of reading. Once you select a reading, you will be prompted to put the CorSense on. Putting it on before this can cause the app to malfunction.
  5. If other tips in this article do not work, try running warm water over your reading finger for about 15 seconds, drying off, then taking the reading.

A strong pulse and clean signal help CorSense more accurately detect and measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV). A weak signal results in CorSense taking longer to detect RR-intervals, or sometimes displaying very high or very low heart beat numbers.

To maximize your pulse strength and reduce signal noise, try the below adjustments:


A neutral wrist position (no bend in the wrist) promotes healthy and consistent blood flow to the hand and fingers. The wrist can face up or down, whichever is more comfortable


  1. We see often that the user inserts their finger too far into CorSense. Instead, place the fingertip on the smooth sensor window in the middle, which is slightly back from the small rubber ridge.
  2. Try different fingers, and find the one that works best for you. It may surprise you which one it is!
  3. Keep your finger relaxed, not pressing unnecessarily on the CorSense.
  4. If still not working, try placing your finger and CorSense on your lap instead of a hard surface - which may cause small vibrations and signal noise.

CorSense Finger Placement

Body Position

The most recommended body position is seated, hand resting still in your lap, palm facing up. Keep your body still when taking HRV measurements with the CorSense.

You may take your HRV reading seated, standing, supine (lying down), reclined, in a squat, or any number of positions. Remain still during the reading, but natural breathing movements are not a problem.

Examples to Try

  1. Seated in a chair
    • Hand resting still in lap
    • Palm facing up
    • Comfortable back position
  2. Lying in bed (supine)
    • Hand resting gently on hip
    • Palm facing down
    • Arm still
  3. Seated at a table
    • Sit back in chair
    • Do not lean weight on the table
    • Arm resting gently on table with neutral wrist position
    • Finger not pressing into table at all
  4. Free standing
    • Weight evenly distributed in feet
    • Arm relaxed by side, neutral wrist, and relaxed hand
    • CorSense hanging from finger, not pressing against anything
  5. Seated on bedside
    • Hand resting still in lap
    • Palm facing up
    • Comfortable back position

Remember to have the CorSense connected, and have the reading screen open, before you insert your finger and start the reading.

Additional tips:

  • If finger is too dry, apply moisturizer prior to using CorSense unit.

  • If the shell is too tight when user places finger in, try loosening the shell by inserting thumb sideways, gently.

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