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What does a physiotherapist do?

The physiotherapist is the expert on the human musculoskeletal system. Including treatment of patients who are hampered in their daily lives during moving, as well as to seek after the needs and possibilities of your quickest recover. This applies for pain in the musculoskeletal system, movement restrictions, gait and balance problems. In addition to the treatment, which may include more exercise therapy, massage and the use of specific equipment, the physiotherapist puts the expertise on prevention during advising or counselling.

The treatment may have different purposes, such as improving and maintaining the motor function and the occurrence of new complications. The biggest emphasis is particularly placed on self-management. The physiotherapist bases his process as much as possible on scientific knowledge and research and convert this knowledge into practice. There are various specializations within the profession, such as manual therapy, psychosomatic therapy, sport, pelvis, jaw and physiotherapy. These and other specializations are extensively explained at the following website

Searching for a physiotherapist East Utrechtcenter of Utrecht or Oog in Al? Also in Kanaleneiland you will find physiotherapists in Gezondheidscentrum Kanaleneiland and Gezondheidscentrum Marco Polo.

Direct access

In most cases you straight go to the physiotherapist. In other words you do not need a referral from a GP. This has a great advantage. You come directly from the proper practitioner and you can immediately start working on your recovery after the introductory interview and physical examination. The physiotherapist is well-trained to make a good diagnosis. In case of uncertainty, physiotherapist consult with a doctor. It is advisable to let your doctor know what was the exact treatment by your physiotherapist. The doctor can take this into account when dealing with other illnesses. If you give permission, the physiotherapist ensure notification and reporting to the doctor.


Reimbursement for physical therapy is quite complicated. If you have a chronic indication, physiotherapy can be reimbursed from the basic package. In case you have had a surgery or have sustained a sports injury, then you should keep in mind that the insurance companies have various policies regarding the reimbursement of physiotherapy. On the following website you may find reliable information. You also can contact your health insurance company to identify your personal situation.