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Monitoring heart rate, breathing and stress as a treatment method for depression

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neuroCare starts pilot research in collaboration with BioCheck

Mental health institution neuroCare is starting a study into monitoring stress complaints in clients with depressive complaints. Our medically validated method is used for the research method of this pilot. Guided running sessions use heart rate monitoring, breathing and stress levels to determine to what extent our BioCheck method in combination with running therapy can help clients recover from depression.

The project is led by mental health psychologist in training Eric Gerritsen
Lung function analyst and developer of the BioCheck method, Stans van der Poel
BioCheck is a recovery and vitality center that focuses on recovery from burnout and (extreme) fatigue complaints. It was founded by Rotterdam top sprinter and former Olympic athlete Patrick van Luijk and lung function analyst Stans van der Poel. Van Luijk, who won silver in the 2012 meters and gold with the 200×4 meter relay team during the European Championships in Helsinki (100), has been successfully using the method developed and scientifically researched by Stans van der Poel to help people for years. to recover at rest.

Mental health psychologist in training Eric Gerritsen is leading the 3,5-year project: “I am very enthusiastic about this project. I expect that the BioCheck method will give us objective insight into the progress of running therapy and the physical condition of our clients.”

More insight into the progress process

Gerritsen: “I had read Stans’ books and that was the reason to contact Patrick van Luijk: I saw a great opportunity to use the BioCheck system for our research on people with depressive complaints.” According to Gerritsen, the BioCheck system makes it possible to gain more insight into the progress of the treatment: “By using the BioCheck measuring method, in addition to the original measuring method, namely the questionnaires, we have a more objective way to measure the monitor progress of running therapy.”

The data-driven BioCheck method as an objective indicator

Co-founder Patrick van Luijk: “With the help of our system, neuroCare can objectively measure whether the client is making progress and how quickly. During the research, our method is used to measure and monitor the recovery capacity, stress level and heart rate variability of the clients. In addition, as a former Olympic sprinter, I also have a connection with running therapy.’

Gerritsen: “The aim of the pilot is to investigate to what extent the BioCheck method in combination with running therapy can help clients recover from depression. People who are depressed often become very inactive. Activation is therefore one of the first steps within the guidelines to ensure that someone comes out of their depression.”


Monitoring heart rate variability, breathing and stress complaints

The client can follow running therapy in addition to the current one rTMS treatment (magnetic brain stimulation combined with psychotherapy) to recover more effectively from depression. Running slowly, not based on performance but mainly at your own pace, has a positive effect on physical and mental well-being: “Clients may be inclined to ask too much of themselves, this can become visible, among other things, by going too fanatically in the beginning. exercise, which actually achieves the opposite. This often also has a demotivating effect. With BioCheck we can see exactly how the treatment is progressing and the client also gets a much better and more objective insight into whether progress is actually being made.”

About neuroCare
Mental health institution for psychotherapy, diagnostics and neuromodulation neuroCare offers programs for children, young people, adults and the elderly. They use a personal approach, offering tailor-made therapy. In addition to regular treatment methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR, neuroCare uses neuromodulation techniques, including rTMS and neurofeedback. In this area, neuroCare uses the latest protocols based on scientific research. The small multidisciplinary treatment teams consist of experienced professionals who complement each other well. The client’s request for help is central to neuroCare. For more information


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