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

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


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.