Measurement methods of bio-physical diagnostics

To determine your current stress level on the various levels, we offer you the following, coordinated bio-physical system of Diagnostic and Measurement Methods based on the latest scientific research 

The following is continuously developed empirically and theoretically in the Prof. Stark Institute:

1) Cardiovascular and vegetative nervous system Measurement of heart rate variability (HRV) according to the so-called ‘gold standard’ in Anglo-American stress research.

The measurement of HRV is non-invasive method that makes it possible to quantify the consequences of the influence of the autonomic nervous system on the cardiovascular system. Since the first scientific reports on the significant relationship between the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular mortality, see e.g. Wolf et al. (1978), various methods have been developed to measure HRV under experimental, clinical conditions. In 1996 a “Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology” was finally convened with the task of standardizing the nomenclature for HRV, defining the scientific terminology and defining a selection of methods that are now to be referred to as the so-called “gold standard” “(Taskforce guidelines-Heart-Rate-Variability-FT-1996)”.


M. Wolf, G. Varigos, D. Hunt, J. Sloman: “Sinus arrhythmia in acute myocardial infarction.The Medical Journal of Australia 08/1978; 2(2), pp. 52-53.

Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, “Heart rate variability: Standards of measurement, physiological interpretation, and clinical use.European Heart Journal 1996 (17), pp. 354–381 (mit 181 wissenschaftlichen Referenzartikeln)

Clinical research results (2004) on the entire spectrum of electrocardiography, including the standard measurement methods and fields of application of HRV, can also be found in the professor M. Malik and A. J. Camm´s compilation.

Marek Malik, A. John Camm, eds., Dynamic Electrocardiography. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

Examples of experience and application reports on HRV are the following articles:

Eveline Hecher, “Herzraten-Variabilität: Subjektives objektiviert.Österreichische Ärztezeitung 13/14, 15.07.2010.

Dr. med. Klaus Gerlach, “ Von Herzschlag zu Herzschlag: HRV – Baustein zur Verbesserung der Belastungs- und Regenerationssteuerung.Medicalsportsnetwork 1, 2011, pp. 26-29.

The particular importance of measuring heart rate variability (HRV) is that it enables the current recovery capacity of the cardiovascular system to be objectified and provides empirical insights into the regulatory and functional capacity of the autonomic autonomic nervous system. It is therefore used worldwide for the early detection of health disorders and risks.
The various measurement parameters of the HRV describe the degree of variability in the heartbeat. The more inflexible the natural fluctuations in the heart rhythm, the more stressful the heart and the entire organism are.
The orthostasis test (from ancient Greek orthos “upright” and stasis “standing”) provides information about the body’s ability to adjust blood pressure and thus the circulatory system in an upright position (sitting or standing) as part of the HRV measurement. Derived from this, the test determines the current stress level of your organism and provides information about your need for relaxation and your ability to recover (physiological fitness)
Measurement of the (para) sympathetic frequencies
The basic parameters in HRV measurement are the measurements of the frequencies of the sympathetic nervous system (it regulates tension in dangerous situations) and the parasympathetic nervous system (it regulates relaxation), which provide information about the stress level of your autonomic nervous system.
According to the latest scientific findings in stress research, chronic stress assumes permanent stress on the so-called pituitary – adrenal cortex – stress axis ’. This stress ultimately causes an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system – sympathetic – parasympathetic, which reacts to the adrenaline and, in the case of chronic stress, cortisol release with a shift to the detriment of the parasympathetic (the recovery system) in the direction of the sympathetic (the excitation system).
Our research and diagnostics have now shown that this overemphasis on the sympathetic nervous system over the parasympathetic nervous system is already apparent in people who are “normally” stressed, i.e. at risk of burnout; If this imbalance then becomes chronic to the detriment of the parasympathetic nervous system, this situation ultimately leads to lasting exhaustion and, as in the extreme case of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), can result in a complete collapse of the stress axis. In diagnostics, this is proven by clear values ​​that show that the body is no longer responsive.
The degree of stress exposure, specifically this imbalance of the autonomic nervous system, can be measured and analyzed using scientific methods that have been researched for years and that are used in Prof. Stark’s diagnostics.
2) muscle system
Measurement of the micro-vibration or the degree of tension in the peripheral muscles.
This measuring method was developed at the Sports Science Institute of the University of Hamburg under Prof. Peter Weinberg and Dr. Christof Ziaja developed.
This procedure, similar to an EMG measurement, can be used to determine whether there is an uneconomical interaction between the muscles, which leads to permanent over-tension (increased muscle tone) and thus to premature exhaustion of the body. A high permanent tone leads to an imbalance of the entire body and can cause disturbances and blockages of individual muscles and joints.
The measurement of the microvibration, i.e. the so-called resting tone of the skeletal muscles, enables conclusions to be drawn about the coherence, i.e. the internal cohesion of the entire body system. Basic research on microvibration has shown that this microvibration has a significant share in the overall metabolic activity of the body.
The Biophysical Movement Therapy (BBT) according to Dr. Ziaja, which is used as a therapeutic approach as part of the holistic Prof. Stark method in Prof. Stark’s practice and also as a special offer of the Prof. Stark Institute for companies.
If you are in favor of the original research approach of Prof. Dr. Weinberger and Dr. If you are interested in Christof Ziaja and her concept of vibrational movement therapy, you can find an “information paper from the two researchers” here.
3) Meridian or energy channel system
Measurement of the electrodermal activity of acupuncture points (meridian analysis) as part of Chinese health teaching.
In a further important diagnostic step, we examine the body’s sensitive information system, the meridian or energy pathway system. Similar to the nervous system and the cardiovascular system (blood), this system contains all physical information.
This method was developed by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Linden in the Psychological Department of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada researched, in particular he validated the measurement method with the help of electroacupuncture measurement.
L. Turner, W. Linden, A. Talbot Ellis, & R.


Empirical studies you find e.g.:

A. Colbert, M. Hayes, M. Aickin, & R. Hammerschlag, “Physiological Variability of Electrical Skin Resistance Measurements at the Ting Acupuncture Points.” Medical Acupuncture 17 (2), 2004, pp.1-10.

A. Ahn, A. Colbert, B. Anderson, O. Martinsen, R. Hammerschlag, S. Cina, et al., “Electrical properties of acupuncture points and meridians: A systematic review.” Bioelectromagnetics 29, 2008, pp. 245


Laboratory diagnostics
In specific laboratory analyzes, e.g. cortisol release and lactate values can be examined as well as specific inflammatory and immune system parameters that indicate chronic stress.
With our comprehensive range of diagnostics, which covers all systems of the body, we are therefore able to make reproducible, quick and inexpensive diagnoses about the current stress level of your body.
The evaluation of all results enables individually tailored therapy proposals.
In addition, our measurement methods enable continuous monitoring of therapy progress and provide optimal help for doctor and patient.
If you are interested, but cannot come to Prof. Stark’s practice in Hamburg in person, please send an email to ask which diagnostic center that uses the Prof. Stark method is near you.

Prof. Stark Institute for stress and Fatigue Research and Therapy
Beim Schlump 29
20144 Hamburg

Tel.: 040 /30390844

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