1st Edition

Mobilizing Knowledge in Physiotherapy Critical Reflections on Foundations and Practices

    234 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Mobilizing Knowledge in Physiotherapy: Critical Reflections on Foundations and Practices is a collection of 15 collaboratively written critical essays, by 39 authors from 15 disciplines and seven countries. The book challenges some of the most important contemporary assumptions about physiotherapy knowledge, and makes the case for much more critical theory, practice, and education in physiotherapy health and social care. 

    The book challenges the kinds of thinking that have traditionally bounded the profession and highlights the ways in which knowledge is now increasingly fluid, complex, and diffuse. The collection engages a range of critical social theories and interdisciplinary perspectives from within and without the profession.  It includes sections focusing on evidence, practice, patient perspectives, embodiment, culture, diversity, digital worlds, and research methods. The book makes an important contribution to how we think about mobilizing knowledge, and it speaks to a diverse audience of academics, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, and students - both within physiotherapy and from a range of related health and social care disciplines.

    This book will be a useful reference for scholars interested in conceptions of professional knowledge, and the theory of professional education and practice in physiotherapy and beyond.


    Chapter 1- Introduction

    David A. Nicholls, Karen Synne Groven, Rani Lill Anjum, Elizabeth Anne Kinsella

    Chapter 2- Beyond empathy: How physiotherapists and photographers learn to look

    David A. Nicholls, Jon Nicholls

    Chapter 3- Bodily ways of knowing: How students learn about and through bodies during physiotherapy education

    Anne Gudrun Langaas, Anne-Lise Middelthon

    Chapter 4- Care in physiotherapy – a ghost story

    Birgitte Ahlsen, Alette Ottesen, Clemet Askheim

    Chapter 5- Rethinking recovery

    Anne Marit Mengshoel, Marte Feiring

    Chapter 6- Physiotherapy for children and the construction of the disabled child

    Kate Waterworth, David A. Nicholls, Lisette Burrows, Michael Gaffney

    Chapter 7- Learning from biology, philosophy and sourdough bread - Challenging the evidence-based practice paradigm for community physiotherapy

    Satu Reivonen, Finlay Sim, Cathy Bulley

    Chapter 8- Mâmawi-atoskêwin "Working together in partnership" ~ Challenging eurocentric physical therapy practice guided by Indigenous Métis worldview and knowledge

    Liris Smith, Sylvia Abonyi, Liz Durocher, TJ Roy, Sarah Oosman

    Chapter 9- Feeling good about yourself? An exploration of fitbit "New moms community" as an emergent space for online biosociality

    Alma Viviana Silva Guerrero, Wendy Lowe

    Chapter 10- Disability as expertise: Mobilizing a critique of school-based physical therapy for integrating disability studies into PT professionalization

    Devorah Shubowitz

    Chapter 11- A person-centred and collaborative model for understanding chronic pain. Perspectives from a pain patient, a practitioner, and a philosopher

    Christine Price, Matthew Low, Rani Lill Anjum

    Chapter 12- Finding the right track: Embodied reflecting teams for generous physiotherapy

    Patricia Thille, Arthur W. Frank, Tobba T. Sudmann

    Chapter 13- Why care about culture? Encountering diversity in a paediatric rehabilitation context: Reflections on epiphanies and transformative processes

    Runa Kalleson, Linn Julie Skagestad, Sosan Asgari Mollestad

    Chapter 14- Using Deleuze: language, dysphasia and physiotherapy

    Michael Gard, Rebekah Dewberry, Jenny Setchell

    Chapter 15- How are we doing? Placing human relationships at the centre of physiotherapy

    Jean Braithwaite, Tone Dahl-Michelsen, Karen Synne Groven


    David A. Nicholls is Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences at AUT University, New Zealand. 

    Karen Synne Groven is Professor in the Institute of Physiotherapy, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. She is also Professor at the Faculty of Health at VID Specialized University, Norway. . 

    Elizabeth Anne Kinsella is Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy and the Health Professions Education Graduate Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario, Canada

    Rani Lill Anjum is Co-Director and Researcher at the Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway.