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Physiotherapy

As a physiotherapist, manual therapist and occupational therapist and being trained in the Mulligan and McKenzie therapy, I have a wide range of education and several specialisations. These are among others stress related problems, treatment of the tailbone and work related problems, wherefor I am also working inside companies.



As a therapist I analyse physical and mechanical health problems and the circumstances in which they emerged and present themselves. The complete picture doesn’t only give an indication where the balance got lost and problems occurred, it also determines how to solve them and restore the balance.

During my career as a physiotherapist, I moved from a deepening my knowledge and skills, to a widening of my perspective on health. At the start of my career I was the technical therapist that used the skills I learned in school. Along the way I started to realise how important the person behind the physical problem was, especially for the healing process. Here I really had to catch up and I think that people that I haven’t seen or spoken to after I turned thirty, probably will be very surprised if they would see how I am working no and how and in which direction I developped as a therapist and human being.

So after going deeper into the mechanical approach and learning about manual skills and clinical reasoning, the focus moved more and more to a holistic point of view towards the health problems where people consult me for. That mainly happened because, as the years passed, I noticed that my physio-manual therapeutic skill set didn’t lead to the complete solution for a lot of the muscular and joint problems. Not only were there problems that did not or insufficiently resolve after treatment, even with a wide range of training, education and experience, also people where the problems disappeared after the treatment sessions, often returned after a certain period of time with the same or a related problem. Also I saw more and more that there often was an underlying problem, where mental and relaxation components played an important role. Something that I wasn’t educated in.

It became more and more clear to me that the western medical and paramedical approach, is mainly aimed at and effective for acute problems. In this area I of course still love to help my patients and do we as physio’s have a beautiful profession with a wide range of skills. I missed something though in my skills and mainly when it came to more chronic or complex problems and that is something where the more holistic eastern medicine has more to offer.

In this period I also began to see more and more patterns with the explanations from eastern medicine for physical problems that my patients consulted me with. It already was and increasingly became an area of expertise which attracted my curiousity. And I started to really understand the importance of prevention and life style on health more and more. Not only in the physical way, also when it somes to mental relaxation and our energy levels.

By implementing my increasing amount of knowledge and training in areas outside of the classical physiotherapeutic spectrum into my therapy, I noticed pretty quickly that I was able to help people better and in a more lasting way and that they felt even more understood and helped. The more holistic approach also led for me personally to more fulfillment in my work and I now implemented it into my way of treating and approaching the problems people consult me for.

Nowadays I view physical discomfort as your body that is giving you feedback that something isn’t going like it optimally should. That can be mechanical (body), but also emotional (mind) or energetic. It is important to understand the feedback to adjust where necessary so there can be ‘flow’ again. For the mechanical part I am well educated as a therapist. Mind and energy are closely connected to that and these became a part of my approach.

Of course people are still more than welcome if they want me to help them with an acute ‘mechanical’ problem like an ankle sprain. Just know that there is also openness for a wider approach of the physical problems if that is what you are looking for or interested in.



What can I do for you?

Physiotherapists are pretty all-round when it comes to physical health problems in relation to posture and movement. That means you can consult me for analysis, treatment and advice for a wide range of complaints in the body.

The manual therapy education gave me a specialisation in joint problems, mainly of the spine. A specific area of expertise I developed around the tailbone, something where still only few therapists have knowledge of or know how to effectively treat it. As an occupational physiotherapist I have expertise relating to work related problems and due to my many other educations and courses I have a wide range of treatment options. See below for more info.



How does it work?


Currently I am employed by Sento in the Jordaan area in Amsterdam.

The website of our practice you can find through this link.

If you would like to book an appointment with me, please contact our front desk at 020 3301 444 and you will directly get an appointment in my agenda as soon as possible.



Why can I help you?

Because of my experience and educations. I work already more than twenty years full-time as a physiotherapist and did this in the Netherlands as well as abroad (nine months in Germany and volunteer projects in Nepal, Peru, Colombia and India). Is am fluent in Dutch, English and German and able to help you in Spanish as well.

An overview of my most important educations:

  • Physiotherapy at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (1995-1999)
  • Manual therapy Maitland Concept (2001-2005)
  • Occupational physiotherapy at the Saxion Hogeschool (2007)
  • McKenzie A and B (2013-2014)
  • Mulligan Concept A – B – C – treatment of pelvis (2009-2010)
  • Medical taping (2013)
  • Treatment of coccygodynia (2018-2019)
  • Mindfulnesstraining for people with chronic pain or stress at the Hogeschool Leiden (2014)


This besides the other courses and educations I did otside of the physiotherapeutic spectrum like Reiki (master degree), many meditation courses and holistic pulsing.

Also there are the reviews that patients of mine left at the independant website ZorgkaartNederland.nl. Below you can find a few of them, on the website you can view all.

Zoek, vind en waardeer zorgaanbieders op ZorgkaartNederland.nlWilbers, R.H.C. is gewaardeerd op ZorgkaartNederland. Bekijk alle waarderingen of plaats een waardering

Testimonials

'Knowlegde of manual therapy and a more holistic view on the person and problem'

My experience with Roel as a therapist are very positive. He is friendly, calm and takes his time to talk about the problem before he chooses a treatment. My problems (lower back, pelvis, shoulder) are often greatly reduced after already one treatment and mostly gone for a longer period of time after the second one. What I personally like is that he had knowlegde of manual therapy and a more holistic view on the person and problem. It is easy to make an appointment with him by phone and he always sees me at short notice. The positive reactions of Roel on this website (Zorgkaart Nederland) about Roel, made me make an appointment with him one and a half year ago and I can really recommend others to do so as well.

'You leave the treatment room with less pain and a good mood!'

Roel is by far the best therapist I had in a long while. He knows how to translate the info I give him into the right treatment, which results in less back and neck pain. He is professional and very friendly. Also the treatments are always filled with nice conversation. You leave the treatment room with less pain and a good mood!

'I felt at easy straight away'

With Roel I felt at easy right away. He is knowledgable and effective. I already recommended him to several friends an always credit him for his ‘magic hands’. One treatment with Roel is effective for body and mind. The best in town!

'What a manual therapist should be like'

Roel is in my opinion what a manual therapist should be like. He listens well, asks in depth questions, and uses from his vast knowledge and methods that what helps me get rid of my pain and immobility within a few sessions. Pleasant person, humour and calmness. I can recommend him to anybody and that is also what I regularly do.

He is personal and professional. A very pleasant therapist!

Roel listens well and translates your problems very well to the treatment. He is personal and professional. A very pleasant therapist!

'Roel makes me smile'

Roel makes me smile; after every treatment I feel better. He has a vast knowledge of the body, the mental aspect and a wide range of exercise and treatment options.

'A very cool and good physiotherapist'

A very cool and good physiotherapist. Visited him after the recommendation of my trainer for my problems that reoccurred for many years. After four short sessions they were completely gone. I can hardly believe it. I am able to play football and icehockey again…. I almost can’t wait for my next injury 🙂

'I hope he will be around as a physio for a long time'

I visit Roel for years now. By him my whiplash is finally treated in an effective way and I hardly experience any problems there anymore. Very rarely something has to be loosened up and it is always very nice he makes time for me quickly and that it is almost always fixed within one treatment. He is the friendliest physio I know and always recalls the exact problem from before, also if I haven’t seen him in years. I also visited him for other problems and also they were solved quickly. I hope he will be around as a physio for a long time.

'Enthusiastic manual therapist'

Roel is an enthusiastic manual therapist. With a few treatments he helped me tremendously with my shoulder and neck problems. So don’t wait and quickly make an appointment with this sympathetic and knowledgable therapist.

'Whenever he decides to move establishments, I move with him'

For the past 10 years I have been visiting Roel, and whenever he decides to move establishments, I move with him. Not only does he explain the situation and solution clearly, but he takes your lifestyle into consideration. This including your state of mind, like stress at work. He has an incredible vast knowledge in physiotherapy and more.