Gunvor Gard
Gunvor Gard

Gunvor Gard

Professor emerita
Luleå University of Technology
Division of Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department of Health Sciences

As a professor of physical therapy, I emphasize the importance of a holistic approach to health and safety. In my work, I focus on whether and how various health promotion can influence patients 'and workers' ability to cope with work and / or a rehabilitation back to work. There may be efforts to improve ergonomics, psychosocial work environment and work organization. It can also be efforts to achieve better physical capacity and balance such as physical exercise, increased body awareness, reduced stress levels. I work with a variety of activities to promote health and working in different environments and to prevent work-related illnesses.

Both physiotherapy and psychologically relevant factors are important in my research. It can be about influencing physical activity level, to implement a behavioral change, increase motivation, confidence in their ability and self control ie factors that can prevent stress-related diseases and chronic pain conditions. Many psychological factors contributing to our health and can be appropriately considered in physiotherapy interventions. Cooperation with staff in primary care, community, and business is essential. For persons with chronic pain problems I work with primary care to highlight and evaluate relevant interventions to reduce pain and improve function and work, such as using cognitive behavioral principles and information and communication technologies.

In collaboration with other researchers, I work with various types of scientific studies in the fields of physiotherapy, health psychology, occupational science and work-related rehabilitation. Currently, I have around 180 international publications


Article in journal

Clinical reasoning and clinical use of basic body awareness therapy in physiotherapy (2020)

a qualitative study?
Gard. G, Nyboe. L, Gyllensten. A
European Journal of Physiotherapy, Vol. 22, nr. 1, s. 29-35
Article in journal

A vocabulary describing health-terms of movement quality (2019)

a phenomenological study of movement communication
Skjaerven. L, Gard. G, Gómez-Conesa. A, Catalan-Matamoros. D
Disability and Rehabilitation
Article in journal

Clinician perspectives of Basic Body Awareness Therapy (BBAT) in mental health physical therapy (2019)

An international qualitative study
Lundvik Gyllensten. A, Nyboe Jacobsen. L, Gard. G
Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, Vol. 23, nr. 4, s. 746-751
Article in journal

Consensus on core phenomena and statements describing Basic Body Awareness Therapy within the movement awareness domain in physiotherapy (2019)

Skjærven. L, Mattsson. M, Catalan-Matamoros. D, Parker. A, Gard. G, Gyllensten. A
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Vol. 35, nr. 1, s. 80-93
Article in journal

Gait speed with anti-slip devices on icy pedestrian crossings relate to perceived fall-risk and balance (2019)

Larsson. A, Berggård. G, Rosander. P, Gard. G
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 16, nr. 14