A vocabulary describing health-terms of movement quality - a phenomenological study of movement communication Articles uri icon

publication date

  • April 2019

start page

  • 3152

end page

  • 3161


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  • 42

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0963-8288


  • Purpose: The aim of the study was to develop a vocabulary targeting communication of health-terms of movement quality, establishing professional knowledge of a movement terminology usefull within rehabilitation.
    Methods: A phenomenological study design was chosen, inviting movement experts working in rehabilitation to describe movement observations when a change into more functional, health related ways of moving appeared in the rehabilitation processes. 15 physiotherapy experts were recruited, five from the field of neurology, primary health care and psychiatry. The informants had between 12-38 years of clinical practice, treating patients of all ages with a wide specter of diagnoses. Data collection followed a qualitative study design, of individual, in-depth interviews, based on a semi-structured interview guide. The interviews were taped, transcribed and sent to the informants for validation. Data analysis followed recommendation of Giorgi, modified by Malterud. Ethical considerations were followed.
    Results: Data revealed a vocabulary, clustered in five themes, Biomechanical, Physiological, Psycho-socio-cultural, Existential and Overarching perspective, 16 underlying categories and 122 descriptive health-terms of movement quality.
    Conclusion: The study demonstrated a multi-perspective movement vocabulary of 122 health characteristic terms, developed to facilitate movement communication within the broad field of rehabilitation. The result calls for further research concerning a movement vocabulary.


  • movement vocabulary; movement health-terms; professional movement communication; movement quality; basic body awareness therapy