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

Home page of the course


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

Course and curricula search