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Lundkvist, Peter, 2022. Outdoor environments for physiotherapeutic rehabilitation of work-related stress : lying down in shelter, sitting in serenity, standing in nature and walking in coherence. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of People and Society

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Abstract

Learning more about rehabilitating work-related stress is important since stress-related illness is
creating a lot of human suffering and a significant economic loss in most countries.
Physiotherapists are one of the most common professions in work-oriented rehabilitation in
Sweden and previous research has shown positive results of using outdoor environments when
rehabilitating work-related stress. Research has also displayed the preferred qualities of stressreducing and restorative outdoor environments, used in multi professional interventions. There is
however no previous research found on displaying the specific environmental qualities which are
beneficial in different types of physiotherapeutic exercises for rehabilitating work-related stress. In
order to investigate the qualities of outdoor environments and how they are affecting
physiotherapeutic exercises a qualitative study has been conducted, interviewing two
physiotherapists who are currently working at two rehab gardens with rehabilitation of workrelated stress. The interviews have been thematically analysed and resulted in a display of the
effect of the environmental qualities when doing physiotherapeutic exercises while: lying down,
being seated, standing and walking; in the rehab garden, the nearby field, walk path and forest.
The conclusion of this thesis is that the specific environmental qualities which are especially
important in the different types of physiotherapeutic exercises are the sheltered quality while lying
down, the serene quality while being seated, the natural quality while standing and the cohesive
quality when conducting exercises while walking. There is a need for further research, evaluating
the effect on the participants of the different environments used in physiotherapeutic exercises, in
order to better support physiotherapists when using outdoor environments for rehabilitating workrelated stress.

Main title:Outdoor environments for physiotherapeutic rehabilitation of work-related stress
Subtitle:lying down in shelter, sitting in serenity, standing in nature and walking in coherence
Authors:Lundkvist, Peter
Supervisor:von Essen, Elisabeth
Examiner:Stoltz, Jonathan and Palsdottir, Anna Maria
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM007 Outdoor environments for health and well-being - Master's programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of People and Society
Keywords:physiotherapy, exercises, environmental, qualities, stress- related, illness, restoration
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-17981
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-17981
Subjects:Occupational diseases and hazards
Social sciences, humanities and education
Language:English
Deposited On:07 Jul 2022 10:15
Metadata Last Modified:08 Jul 2022 10:53

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