Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to
- give knowledge about how common problems and conflicts effect the individual's psychophysical well being
-give knowledge about how the psychological health can be seen in the human being
- give an overview of the most common coping strategies
- give knowledge about functional disabilities in the musculoskeletal system, and principles for treatment of these.

Learning outcomes

Part 1 Psychophysical physiotherapy:
At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- show knowledge about factors affecting the psychosomatic well-being of the human being
- apply coping strategies in client situations
- apply methods for Body Awareness, relaxation and coping with stress for both treatment and health promotion.

Part 2: Physiotherapy in musculoskeletal disorders
At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- show knowledge about and assess common functional disorders related to upper limb, shoulder girdle and column
- show knowledge about treatment principles in common musculoskeletal disorders and choose relevant evidence based physiotherapy methods
- assess the need for, plan, accomplish and evaluate physiotherapy interventions.

Course contents

Information in course schedule

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The courses in Anatomy, Medicin I och II

Previous course names

Physiotherapy III
Physiotherapy and mental health

Additional information

No extra information

Recommended or required reading

Part 1:Psykofysisk fysioterapi
Talvitie U, Karppi S-L, Mansikkamäki T. 2006. Fysioterapia; 265-285, 431-451.Edita Prima Oy. ISBN: 951-37-4367-5.
Biguet G, Keskinen-Rosenqvist R, Levy Berg A.2012. Att förstå kroppens budskap -sjukgymnastiska perspektiv. Studentlitteratur.
Roxendal G., Winberg A. 2006. Levande människa Basal kroppskännedom för rörelse och vila. Natur och kultur ISBN 13: 978-91-27-09023-1
Rudberg B. 2003. Aktiv avspänning. ISBN 91-27-085341

Reference literature:
Carlander,J; Starka känslor - affekter och emotioner i möten med människor.
Lundberg, U & Wentz, G; 2005 Stressad hjärna, stressad kropp. Om sambanden mellan psykisk stress och kroppslig ohälsa.Wahlström & Widstrand
ISBN: 9146211845
Kjell Granström
Skjaerven,L;1998 Bevegelses kvalitet, kunst og helse. Högskolen i Bergen ISBN 82-7709-029-3

Part 2:
Holmström E., Moritz U. 2007 Rörelseorganens funktionsstörningar Klinik och sjukgymnastik Studentlitteratur ISBN 978-91-44-03954-1
VK-kustannus Oy. 2002 Niska- ja yläraajavaivojen ennaltaehkäisy, hoito ja kuntoutus. ISBN 951-9147-40-3
Topical articles

Reference literature:
Hertling, D & Kessler, R. 1996 Management of common Musculosceletal Disorders. Physical Therapy. Principles and Methods. Lippincott Co.
Kisner C., Colby L. 2002 Therapeutic Exercise Foundations and Techniques. F.A. Davis Company
Thornquist Eline; Kommunikation i kliniken, Möte mellan professionella och patienter, 2008, Studentlitteratur

Study activities

  • Lectures - 95 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 65 hours
  • Small-group work - 13 hours
  • Individual studies - 93 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 266 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 266 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


  • Kukkonen Göta
  • Ring Joachim
  • Sievers Hannele


Kukkonen Göta

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

Kursen går under period 3.

Assessment methods

  • 2015-03-11 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2015-02-13 - Reports and productions

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