What is physiotherapy?

The physiotherapist is an expert in the posture and movement of the musculoskeletal system. He treats patients with a wide range of complaints, such as those resulting from lumbago or a sports accident.

The qualification to be a physiotherapist takes four years and is granted by a university of applied sciences.

Which illnesses and injuries does the physiotherapist treat?

A physiotherapist is concerned with the health of the musculoskeletal system. After sports injuries, an accident, illness or excessive strain on the musculoskeletal system, as well as with age-related complaints, he offers relief and helps the patients to help themselves.

The physiotherapist also plays an important role in the case of more serious adjustments, such as learning to walk with prostheses.

During the first treatment, the physiotherapist draws a complete picture of the complaints and concerns of the patient. He asks various questions and thoroughly analyses the musculoskeletal system. He then recommends a treatment procedure.

What does the physiotherapist do?

The most important part of the treatment consists of movement therapy. The physiotherapist shows the patient exercises to improve posture, muscle strength, coordination, endurance and flexibility – and helps the patient to practice the exercises. The process also involves aids such as dumb-bells, equilibrium machines, balls and the like.

If needed, a physiotherapist also uses other approaches such as Manual Therapy, massage, warm-cold therapy and electrotherapy.

Who pays for physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is recognised by health and accident insurers and is covered by the basic insurance plan, on condition that a general practitioner or a medical specialist makes a referral.

It is, however, also possible to request physiotherapy at one’s own expense.