Evaluation in physical therapy

Torture survivors introduction to physiotherapy: Torture and sequelae after torture

Prip, K & Amris, K. (2003), Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, 45 pages.
 
This booklet was reviewed by Brittany Burton, doctoral physical therapy student at the University of Minnesota, 2014.
 
Link is to the article from the Dignity-Danish Institute Against Torture library. 
 
Introduction: Explanation of what the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT) is and the objectives of this organization which is based in Denmark.

Examination by the Physiotherapist

Amris, K. & Prip, K. (1994). Torture Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, Suppl. 1, 14-27.
 
This article was reviewed by Angela Pitar, doctoral physical therapy student at the University of Minnesota, 2014. 
 
The link to the full text of the article from Dignity-Danish Institute Against Torture is below.
 
Purpose - the purpose of physical therapy is to reduce pain, improve function, and educate patients on how to cope with pain.

Helping Physiotherapists Examine the Ways Torture Survivors Think About Pain

Pain is one of the many problems to be addressed in survivors of torture. And in my work as a physiotherapist trainer at CVT, every day I attend to clients with chronic pain as a result of torture.

I recently had the privilege of presenting at the International Conference of Physical Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health in Madrid. Along with Julie Phillips, from the Department of Physiotherapy at University of the Western Cape, South Africa, I presented on the “Cross Cultural Adaptation and Validation of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) among Victims of Torture.” The role of catastrophization in the development of chronic pain has gained a considerable amount of attention in research over the past few decades, so our topic was quite timely.

Muscular imbalance found in examination of posture in torture victims

Skylv,G. (1992). Poster presented at 2nd World Congress on Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, Copenhagen, Denmark. 
 
This article was reviewed by Brittany Burton, doctoral physical therapy student at the University of Minnesota, 2014.
 
A free copy of the article may be requested from Dignity-Danish Institute Against Torture, by emailing library@dignityinstiture.dk.
 
Background: The aim of torture is not only physical but psychological as well, and globally seems to be focused on the vulnerabilities of the victim.

Physical Therapy for Survivors of Torture

Description

Some specialized torture treatment centers have observed benefits among their patients from physical treatment modalities such as physical therapy or massage. Primary care or other clinics treating torture survivors may also consider such interventions when addressing complaints of chronic pain and physical symptoms.  Because torture is usually directed in part toward the physical being of the victim, attention to the body can be especially therapeutic, both emotionally and physically.

Physiotherapy and rehabilitation of the common complaints and findings in torture victims

Mayanja, F. (1996). African Centre for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims. 26 pages. 
This booklet was reviewed by Stephanie Green, doctoral physical therapy student at the University of Minnesota, 2014. 
The booklet is available free of charge from Dignity-Danish Institute Against Torture. Please email them at library@dignityinstitute.dk to request this booklet. 
Introduction
The African Centre for the Treatment and Rehab of Torture Victims in Uganda is continuing to grow and become recognized by various institutions.

Physiotherapy as empowerment : Treating women with chronic pelvic pain

Mattsson, M., Wilkman, M., Dahlberg, L. & Mattson, B. (2000). Advances in Physiotherapy, 2(3), 125-143.
reviewed by Aaron O’Donnell, University of Minnesota doctoral physical therapy student, 2014
This article is available free of charge from Dignity-Danish Institute Against Torture. Please email them at library@dignityinstitute.dk and include a list of desired articles and your mailing address.
 
Background: A large group of CPP (chronic pelvic pain) patients are “inexplicable” from a medical point of view.

Physiotherapy examination and treatment

Jacobsen et al.
Link and reference information will be posted soon.
This article was reviewed by Mark Deschepper, physical therapy doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, 2014.
 
Introduction:
Most torture survivors complain of pain the locomotor system with many experiencing pain through all daily routines including sleep. Living with pain and performing daily tasks are significantly difficult for survivors. Physical torture leads to damage in the muscles, joints, and neurovascular system, concentration, and memory.

Physiotherapy for survivors of torture

Hough, A. (1992). Physiotherapy, 78(5), 323-328.
This article was reviewed by Mark Deschepper, doctoral physical therapy student at the University of Minnesota, 2014.
A link to the full text of the article is below.
 
Background:
Through physical contact and the trust built in the physiotherapy relationship, physiotherapy is a vital link of rebuilding the personality of torture survivors.