Mental Health in der Physiotherapie - Befund

Befund - klinisch-praktische Vertiefung (ROBE)

Current WHO surveys show that psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders are an increasingly dominant topic in the health care system. The physical dimension of psychosocial processes and the role of body-oriented therapy approaches have been increasingly researched and their effectiveness has been proven in recent years.
It has been shown that a holistic understanding of the human being is important in all physiotherapeutic fields. Mental functioning  is not an not isolated phenomena, but always a part of physiotherapy.
Especially in the work with mentally and psychosomatically ill people, this view is decisive for the treatment. However, practice has also shown that many patients with apparently "purely somatic" problems need this comprehensive view. This requires specific knowledge about body and psyche.
The seminar series Mental Health is aimed at all physiotherapists who want to deal with psychosocial health and illness in a body-related way.


Hardship, trauma and persistent strain or stresses of life affect our bodies and the way we experience our body. NPMP (Norwegian Psychomotor Physiotherapy) focuses on body awareness and change of tension pattern in the body. NPMP aims to increase the consciousness of the connection between body and mind. NPMP suits treatment of chronic pain, body tensions, breathing problems, psychosomatic disorders, anxiety and fatigue.



Being able to assess the patient’s body  posture, breathing patterns, active and passive movement patterns, the muscular conditions and autonomous reactions as well as evaluating the patient’s body awareness and body image. The participants will be able to evaluate the findings and increase their knowledge and skills to give individually adjusted treatment according the conclusion.



NPMP Body examination called ROBE, which includes the assessment of posture, breathing, musculature, movement patterns, body image and autonomic nervous system reactions. The clinical reasoning will include possible connections between bodily findings, the patient’s life experiences, and current situation. The conclusion of the examination shows the person’s level of stress, thus increasing the possibility to adapt the therapy according to the conclusion.


Assessment Tools:

  • Observation of posture and breathing and moving patterns
  • Palpation of muscular conditions
  • Assessment of the patient’s body image
  • Filling in Resource Oriented Body Examination Form



  • Theoretical lessons
  • Demonstrations
  • Practical sessions, particpants working in groups
  • Discussions


Access requirements: Mental Health in Physiotherapy - Introducion in theory and practice

Zugangsvoraussetzung: Mental Health in der Physiotherapie - Modul: Einführung in Theorie und Praxis


Kirsten Ekerholt, MSc, ist eine norwegische Physiotherapeutin und Referentin. Dieses Seminar wird in englischer Sprache gehalten.

Kirsten Ekkerholt, MSc, is a Norwegian physiotherapist and referee. This seminar will be taught in English.