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Powered by BioCheck: Aulus Active Recovery serves broad target group with vitality program

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Aulus Actief Herstel is a medical-specialist rehabilitation center in the Amersfoort region and Powered by BioCheck partner. Owner Ben Vreman convinces not only clients but also general practitioners and company doctors with the scientifically supported BioCheck method.

The medical-specialist rehabilitation center started as a provider of care in the second line, but expanded its scope to include occupational care in 2020 under the banner of Aulus Active Recovery. The team has been a leader in the treatment of chronic complaints such as pain and fatigue within the medical-specialist rehabilitation network for more than a decade. Physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists are routinely used in recovery. If the situation calls for it, rehabilitation physicians, dieticians, social workers, coaches or lawyers may also be consulted.

More burn-outs

‘In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of employees with chronic fatigue and burnout complaints,’ Ben Vreman, director and physical therapist at Aulus Active Recovery, says of the broadening of services. ‘In many cases, these employees do not qualify for (reimbursed) rehabilitation care. Health insurers have increasingly strict criteria and in the medical world burnout and chronic fatigue are not recognized as illnesses. Most of the solutions that exist are purely focused on the psychological aspect. Our vision is that movement is also crucial in the recovery of these complaints.

Visiting Stans van der Poel

Aulus Active Recovery shares that vision with BioCheck. The BioCheck method aims to bring the body and mind back into balance using exercise, rest and proper breathing. This is combined with education on the causes and effects of stress, the body’s capacity for strain and how best to recover. Vreman came across the importance of breathing three years ago during a health fair in Utrecht. ‘I spoke to Koen de Jong, author of the book Verademing,’ Vreman recalls. ‘He said: if you really want to know more about breathing, contact Stans van der Poel. Not much later I visited Stans, who told me more about her research on breathing and her developed method. That was an eye-opener for me. For a practical application of her method, Stans referred me to Patrick van Luijk, her co-partner at BioCheck.’

App as missing puzzle piece

Vreman and his colleagues visited BioCheck’s vitality center, where Patrick told them more about the method and its practical application. Among other things, the former Olympian showed them the app with which clients measure their breathing and heart rate every morning. On the basis of this data, the recovery capacity and workload for that day are calculated. ‘The app was the missing piece of the puzzle,’ says Vreman. ‘I was immediately convinced of Stans’ theory. But I wanted to give our clients something to take with them so they could work independently and actively on their recovery.’

 

Data crucial

Vreman and his colleagues visited BioCheck’s vitality center, where Patrick told them more about the method and its practical application. Among other things, the former Olympian showed them the app with which clients measure their breathing and heart rate every morning. On the basis of this data, the recovery capacity and workload for that day are calculated. ‘The app was the missing piece of the puzzle,’ says Vreman. ‘I was immediately convinced of Stans’ theory. But I wanted to give our clients something to take with them so they could work independently and actively on their recovery.’

Broad target group

After several months of trial operation, Aulus Active Recovery became an official Powered by Biocheck partner. The rehabilitation center offers BioCheck’s recovery and vitality program for a broad target group. ‘BioCheck’s method is very suitable for people in whom we see that they are always on. These are obviously people with fatigue and burnout complaints, but also people who have been in an accident and are struggling with trauma or injury. In the past year, many people with lung covid have also come forward. And what is striking: more and more neurologists refer clients to us who do not recover sufficiently after a major concussion. Here, too, we find that the body is constantly “on” after a blow, which hinders recovery. By getting them into recovery mode using the BioCheck method, we see that they recover faster. This is a target group I had never considered when I started as a BioCheck partner, but they are benefiting.

Doctors convinced

Professionals in the Amersfoort region are increasingly referring clients to Aulus Active Recovery for the BioCheck program. This is largely due to the scientific foundation underlying the method. ‘That is indeed very important,’ Vreman confirms. ‘In the medical world, everything has to be evidence-based. Even for me as a physician, that scientific foundation was an important factor in choosing BioCheck. We have built up a respectable status as a medical center and must be able to justify what we offer. But I also notice that it is decisive for colleagues. I use it to convince GPs and company doctors in particular. That would not have been possible with just a good story.

From afternoon sleep to 36 kilometers of cycling

Success stories of the BioCheck method Vreman sees daily in practice. ‘One of the best examples I find is a man who slept for two hours every afternoon because he was always tired. After twelve weeks, he pedaled 36 kilometers away in an hour, at a decent wattage. He no longer needs his afternoon sleep and is carefully picking up work again. I hear from him and others that without the BioCheck app they would never have dared to train this way. When you are tired, you are afraid of the reaction with every effort. Now they know exactly what they can handle. The breathing techniques after training ensure that the body quickly returns to relaxation mode.’

Unique combination

Vreman expects a growth of clients training according to the BioCheck in the coming years. ‘As long as burnout and chronic fatigue are not recognized as illnesses, many people fall between the cracks. For them this is a perfect solution, because the scientific knowledge is translated well into practice. There are many eHealth applications, but this combination between science and practice is unique. Just like the combination between physical exercise, breathing and mental coaching. That is also why I am so enthusiastic, just like about the cooperation with all BioCheck professionals. Together we are going to make this method an even greater success.’

Want to know more about the various recovery and vitality programs BioCheck offers? 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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