Living Life Pain Free

Pieter Faasse
We all know how awful toothache can be and that immediate treatment is the only solution to reduce the pain. Well, the same is true of other bodily pains, strains, aches and pulled muscles. However, those treatments often take more time as the muscle needs to repair. Many people have felt the immediate and debilitating effect of back pain.  They also know how involved it can be to get the problem solved.  Indeed, I once heard a doctor say that the best way to avoid bodily pain was to hold on with both hands when walking downstairs in a Dutch home. If you think about it, that makes sense. Would you like to know more about living life pain free? Pieter tells us how.

As in many daily situations, one moment of inattention can lead to a world of pain. A bike wheel stuck in a tram line and your world can immediately turn upside down. Even something less shocking – sitting in the same static position every day at your computer. I have known Pieter Faasse for many years. He is the founder and driving force behind Art of Physio in Amsterdam. Pieter and his team help many hundreds of people every year to live pain-free once again. 
The purpose of this Living Life Pain Free Q+A is to get the word direct from the expert about how we can all prepare our bodies against injury. Thank you Pieter for taking the time from your busy schedule to answer our questions. 
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q1. Pieter, a lot of people have been working from home in recent months. How has this affected us all in terms of our bodies?


That is a great question! Where most people generally had a commute where they got some movement in, that stopped entirely. Also, access to gyms and sports clubs was very limited at the most. That combined with some stress that comes with uncertain times, impaired social life and fear is not great for optimal function in the body.

What has been great to see though is that a lot of people found a new hobby, picked up walking, running, outdoor (Boot camp) training or other activities that get them out of the house and moving.



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q2.On a daily basis, what small changes can we make to prevent injuries?

One of the most significant things you can do is making movement a habit throughout the day. This allows blood (and with it oxygen and nutrients) to circulate and keep energy flowing.
For example, always take the stairs instead of the escalators. Instead of taking the car, take the bike or walk. When you have a call that doesn’t need a computer, go outside. When you feel stiff and tight, go stretch. If you feel anxious and jittery, go for a walk outside.
Pieter Faasse

q3. Back pain is so common. What things can we do to avoid getting it?


Back pain is one of those issues we see a lot in the clinic. Most times it is a combination of different factors that end up causing back pain. A stressful period at work, problems in private life, sleep issues, a lack of self-care. A human body can handle a lot, but a body has its limits.

The best way to mitigate the risk of a back flare-up, it to be aware. Your body will always give you signals before something flares up. The first signals are soft whispers. A little tightness here or there, a little bit more tiredness than usual, energy is a bit lower or a shorter fuse.

When you fail to listen to those signals, they will ramp up until you can’t ignore them anymore. The more aware you are about your physical, mental and energetic status, the better you’ll be able to see things coming.

One of the ways to check where you are at this moment is to move. Since all systems of your body are connected, the simple act of movement can influence every other system in your body. Your ability to move has a direct correlation between how you feel and how much energy you have. Free movement equals more flow of energy and vice versa.

On our youtube channel, there are several video’s that will take you through ways to improve free movement in your joints.



Physio at work


q4. Many people often carry non-serious but niggling pains for months. Do you see a lot of that and what do you advise to people who have them?


Ignoring a problem is seldom the way to optimally solve it.

As a rule of thumb, I always say that when an issue has been bothering you for 2 months, you need to get it assessed. Apparently just resting it or trying to work around it is not enough. As physios, it is our job to assess the problem, speed up the recovery process by treating it. This gives you the tools to manage your issue better and prevent it from happening in the future.


Pain in shoulder


q5.Yoga and pilates are more and more popular. What do you think of them?


Yoga and Pilates are great ways of training. Millions of people do it regularly and it makes them feel better and stronger. However, when doing yoga or pilates gives you pain, something is wrong. Generally, it is a combination of a wrong execution of the exercises and lacking prerequisites in strength, mobility or control to do that movement. If your classes leave you in pain, I’d advise looking for a health care professional to help you understand what you are doing wrong and where you can improve.

In our clinic, we work with everything from yoga instructors to office workers and everyone in between.

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Living Life Pain Free – Thank you Pieter for these excellent insights into your work and how you help people recover and live well again.

For more information, here are Pieter’s contact details:

Art of Physio website

Tel: 06 13 95 52 91


Locations at Amsterdam Arena and Zuidas.

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