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drs. Robbert van Amstel, MSc


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Robbert is working two days a week in an outpatient clinical practice as a manual therapist. Moreover, he works three days a week at the University of Amsterdam to conduct researches for Fysio Physics department Fysioscience. As a clinician, he is trying to implement the different fascial theories into divers’ physiotherapeutic interventions e.g. myofascial release, arthrofascial release, joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, elastic taping, and kinetic chain training.  Robbert has a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy and two scientific master's degrees: one in musculoskeletal science and one in manual therapy. However, what pursued him the most as a musculoskeletal scientist is to ‘understand’ the biomechanical relationship between the superficial fascia, deep fascia, and muscles as a functional system. Hence, he conducts scientific researches to understand the extramuscular myofascial force transmission to develop new knowledge for the clinical practice.

Fascia is the connective tissue system that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates the skin, muscles, and bones. It is hypothesized that fascia can transmit force to the muscles and vice versa, this is also known as myofascial force transmission. An interesting part of this myofascial force transmission is the force transmission from muscle surrounding connective tissues to the muscles. This force transmission particularly is described as extramuscular myofascial force transmission.




  • QM Human anatomy
  • QP Physiology