Physiotherapists’ conceptions of movement awareness : a phenomenographic study
Ahola, S., Skjaerven, L. H., & Piirainen, A. (2021). Physiotherapists’ conceptions of movement awareness : a phenomenographic study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2020.1868028
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The phenomenon of movement awareness requires more attention to make it explicit in physiotherapy. The aim of this study was to explore the variation in physiotherapists’ conceptions of movement quality, focusing on movement awareness. The informants were 15 physiotherapists from a variety of physiotherapy fields. We collected data through two group interviews and used the phenomenographic method to analyze them. Four themes emerged from the data: 1) Being in contact with one’s own moving body; 2) Increased awareness of movement experiences; 3) Interrelationship between physiotherapist and patient; and 4) Better understanding of movement awareness. These themes varied by four descriptive categories of the movement awareness phenomenon: (I) Hesitation regarding own movement experiences; (II) Momentary contact with own movement experiences; (III) Presence in movement awareness and (IV) Better understanding of others’ movement awareness. The physiotherapists’ understanding of the movement awareness phenomenon widened through three critical aspects in the descriptive categories: Recognizing one’s own movement awareness, Distinguishing one’s own and others’ movement awareness and New insights into implementing actions related to movement awareness in physiotherapy. These results can expand the understanding of the phenomenon of movement awareness among physiotherapists, although further research is needed. ...
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