Psychosomatic Physiotherapy

Certain conditions or pain can have a negative effect on your body and behavior. You might have trouble sleeping, difficulty breathing, or even functioning properly.  The origin of some physical complaints is sometimes difficult to determine and these complaints are therefore often misunderstood. However, this does not mean they are not ´real´.

Psychosomatic complaints are physical complaints that cannot or cannot be sufficiently explained by a physical disorder and for which other treatments are often ineffective. The symptoms can be caused by psychological overload, such as stress and tension, but can also lead to psychological overload. If psychological factors are expressed as physical symptoms, we speak of somatization.

Psychosomatic disorders can manifest in various ways, including:

  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Misunderstood and persistent pain complaints
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Tightness, palpitations, or pressure on the chest.

Our psychosomatic physiotherapist can help you find the causes and triggers of your symptoms and show you how to manage them. She guides you in restoring any disturbed balance between tension and relaxation, between load and load capacity. During assessment and treatment the therapist takes into account, both physical, psychological and social situations.

The goal is to improve the quality of life and overall well-being by addressing subjective health complaints such as depression, insomnia, fatigue, as well as coping behaviors, self-esteem, and pain perception.


Psychosomatic Physiotherapy is a specialization of Physiotherapy, with its own professional association and registration at the Royal Dutch Association for Physiotherapy and has similarities to Psychomotor physiotherapy in Norway.


Basis Body Awareness Therapy (BBAT) was developed in the 1980s by Swedish and Norwegian physiotherapists, considering the body and psyche as a whole.

The therapy consists of exercises in lying, sitting, standing, and walking, which activate the basic coordination of the body and enhance functional stability. These exercises can be performed individually or in group settings.

The goal is to become aware of your body by discovering, understanding, and strengthening movements, allowing you to reflect on learned habits and mindsets. Breathing and balanced posture are important elements.

It has been shown that individuals with:  

  • stress disorders
  • lifestyle diseases
  • mental disorders
  • psychosomatic conditions

benefit from this form of therapy, which is particularly suitable for group therapy but is also used in individual treatments.

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You do not necessarily need a referral for Psychosomatic Physiotherapy, you can simply contact us and make an appointment. However, in most cases, you will have already had contact with a general practitioner or physiotherapist before being referred to a psychosomatic physiotherapist. Our therapist will always conduct an assessment with you to discuss your symptoms and create a treatment plan.