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Kemps and Rijf: proud Powered by BioCheck partner in Helmond region

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As a Powered by Biocheck partner, Kemps en Rijf is an ambassador of the BioCheck vision. This fits perfectly with the way of working and thinking within the physical therapy practice in Brabant.

Robin Rijf has been co-owner of physical therapy practice Kemps and Rijf since 2004. Over the past twenty years, the practice has grown. In number of employees (40) and in number of locations: Kemps and Rijf now has five locations in the Helmond region, with the new multidisciplinary health center in Aarle-Rixtel as its headquarters. But the company also grew primarily in terms of offerings. “In addition to medical fitness, we also offer exercise programs to suit a specific condition such as dementia, COPD or heart disease,” Robin says. “Broadly speaking, in recent years we have been moving more from curation to prevention. Within that vision also fits BioCheck’s vitality program.”

Word of mouth

The Kemps and Rijf team heard positive stories from colleagues at Doornbos Fysio – also Powered by BioCheck partner. “During an event, I spoke with Yorick van Nijnanten, who works at Doornbos,” says Lex Hollanders, co-owner and manual therapist at Kemps and Rijf. “He explained how BioCheck’s programs look at how the parasympathetic nervous system works. And also showed the app, which provides insight into all the values. I particularly liked that. We are offered enough vitality programs, but I did not know this one. After a presentation at the BioCheck office, all three of us were convinced. In the car we said to each other: this is what we have to do!”

Understanding heart rate variability

The third person Lex is talking about is Tom Stevens. As a physical and manual therapist, he works a lot with people following a BioCheck program. “That you can recover from mental symptoms through exercise, we obviously knew,” Tom explains. “The BioCheck programs also have that as their basic premise, but combine that physical training with breathing therapy, education about the workings of the autonomic nervous system as well as real time data through heart rate variability measurements. That heart rate variability is an important factor in seeing how people recover – more important than the heart rate itself – was new to us. The great thing is that through the measurements and the app itself, you can give participants insight into how they’re doing physically.”

From burnt out to all-night pruning

Tom gives an example of a client who went through a BioCheck program. “That man was still working full time, but at the end of his workday he was exhausted. Then he wouldn’t do anything in the evening. Over eighteen weeks, we saw him progressing further and further. In the last week of the program, he was pruning the hedge at home at night and his wife had to call him in because it was dark. That’s how much energy he had regained by now. Eighteen weeks before, he didn’t even have to think about such relatively light exertion after a work day. This is how we see more people who put all their energy into work and then have no energy left for hobbies or (grand)children. Well, that’s not quality of life. Most people sit in their chairs at intake exhausted; they are very dull, almost emotionless. Week by week we see them become more lively.'”

Interest from employers

Robin notices that more and more employers are showing interest in vitality. The scientific basis under BioCheck’s programs helps with that. “Employers have now figured out that they play an important role in keeping their employees vital. They are increasingly taking responsibility in this,” says Robin. “We notice that they are more open to workplace examinations, vitality days and also to BioCheck’s programs. Employers are also getting a thousand and one offers of vitality programs. Then it certainly helps that there is a scientific basis under a program. And that you can prove, for example, that the costs have already been recouped with only 16 days less absence. We gave a presentation earlier this year together with Patrick van Luijk for the local business association. Based on that, several companies joined. We hope to expand that number considerably in the coming year.”

Working together on optimization

In doing so, Kemps en Rijf receives the necessary support from BioCheck. Lex: “The cooperation is going well. We started as partners in the spring of 2023. Especially in the beginning there was a lot of contact, because we had to master the working method. By now it is running well and we still occasionally knock on the door for a question. In addition, we can always make suggestions for improvements, either from ourselves or from our clients. BioCheck is certainly open to that. This is how we raise the programs to a higher level together. In which we also definitely tell other physical therapy practices how valuable our cooperation with BioCheck is. It would be great if the BioCheck programs get national coverage, so that we can make even more Dutch people more vital. That is very important for our country and for our economy. To that, we are happy to do our part.”

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Working together on optimization

In doing so, Kemps en Rijf receives the necessary support from BioCheck. Lex: “The cooperation is going well. We started as partners in the spring of 2023. Especially in the beginning there was a lot of contact, because we had to master the working method. By now it is running well and we still occasionally knock on the door for a question. In addition, we can always make suggestions for improvements, either from ourselves or from our clients. BioCheck is certainly open to that. This is how we raise the programs to a higher level together. In which we also definitely tell other physical therapy practices how valuable our cooperation with BioCheck is. It would be great if the BioCheck programs get national coverage, so that we can make even more Dutch people more vital. That is very important for our country and for our economy. To that, we are happy to do our part.”

Want to learn more about the various recovery and vitality programs offered by BioCheck? Or about the possibilities of becoming a Powered by BioCheck partner? Feel free to contact us for the possibilities: https://biocheck.nl/contact/

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