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Physiotherapy group treatment for patients with fibromyalgia: an embodied learning process
Sahlgrenska akademin, Göteborg, Department of rheumatology and inflammation research.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6975-8344
2003 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 25, no 24, p. 1372-80Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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PURPOSE: To study how patients with fibromyalgia (FM) experienced physiotherapy group treatment comprising pool exercise and education. METHODS: Nineteen patients with FM were interviewed and the transcribed interviews were analysed using a phenomenological life-world approach. The participants' mean age was 45 years and their mean symptom duration was 10 years. RESULTS: Physiotherapy group treatment was experienced as an embodied learning process, comprising the themes: positive experience of body, sharing experiences of living with FM and creating new patterns of acting. The positive experience of body comprised the following categories: experiencing relaxation, experiencing physical capacity, acknowledging limitations and changing the pattern of activity. Sharing experiences comprised the following categories: not being alone and sharing joy. Three patterns of participation were identified: reciprocity, distancing and remaining outside. Creating new patterns comprised the following categories; calming down, creating a new relationship to self, creating a new relationship to social roles and creating new patterns for managing pain. CONCLUSIONS: The study indicates that physiotherapy group treatment was experienced as an embodied learning process. Positive experiences of body were intertwined with a new relationship to self and objects in the world. Interactions between the co-participants promoted the process of creating new patterns of thinking and acting in the social world.

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2003. Vol. 25, no 24, p. 1372-80
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9634DOI: 10.1080/09638280310001616367ISI: 000186752700005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0348014446Local ID: 84ba0450-bb51-11db-b560-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-9634DiVA, id: diva2:982572
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Validerad; 2003; 20061005 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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