Title: Physiotherapy for patients with anorexia nervosa
Authors: Probst, Michel ×
Majewski, Marie Louise
Albertsen, Marit
Catalan-Matamoros, Daniel
Danielsen, Marit
De Herdt, Amber
Duskova Zakova, Hanna
Fabricius, Susane
Joern, Christiane
Kjolstad, Gunhild
Patovirta, Mikka
Philip-Raverty, Sandra
Tyyska, Eija
Vancampfort, Davy #
Issue Date: 14-Jun-2013
Publisher: Routledge
Series Title: Advances in Eating Disorders. Theory, Research and Practice vol:1 issue:3 pages:224-238
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Abstract: The integration of physiotherapy as an adjunctive treatment for patients with an eating disorder
within psychiatric health care and rehabilitation may sound unusual. However, physiotherapists
have specific expertise in both the ‘body’ and ‘the body in movement’, two important issues
integral to eating disorder pathology. Based on our clinical practice and the current body of
scientific evidence, a rationale and clinical guidance for incorporating physiotherapy into
treatment for patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) is presented. Two main indications for
physiotherapy are proposed for patients with AN: (1) the distorted body experience with a
specific focus on perception, attitudes, and behavior, and (2) the compulsive and excessive
engagement in physical activity characteristic of patients with AN. Physiotherapists have a
wide array of skills and are encouraged to select those techniques (e.g. relaxation, breathing
exercises, awareness exercise, and exercise programs) which are most individually relevant
the patient to address the distorted body experience and hyperactivity typically seen in AN.
ISSN: 2166-2630
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation
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