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Curriculum Vitae – Steffan Wittrup Christensen

Uddannelse & Kvalifikationer

  • Nuværende: Lektor på SMI ved det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet (deltid)
  • Nuværende: Lektor på Fysioterapeut Uddannelsen, University College Nordjylland (deltid)
  • 2017: Ph.d. i Clinical Science and Biomedicine, Aalborg Universitet
  • 2015-2016: Arbejdede for Sundhedsministeriet på udarbejdelsen af “Nationale kliniske retningslinjer for ikke-kirugisk behandling af nyopståede nakkesmerter”
  • 2012: Eksamen i Muskuloskeletal ultralydsscanning via PFF i Norge
  • 2010: Godkendt af Danske Fysioterapeuter som Specialist i Muskuloskeletal Fysioterapi
  • 2009: Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
  • 2005: B.Sc. in physiotherapy, Holstebro

Klinisk Erfaring

  • Nuværende: Fysioterapeut på klinik (Deltid), Apex Fysio, Aalborg, siden 2015
  • Nuværende: Konsulent for Kenpo Danmark (Holstebro fra 2002 og til nu; Aalborg fra 2014-2018)
  • 2010-2015: Fysioterapeut på klinik (fuldtid: 2010-2011 & deltid herefter), Arkadens Fysioterapi, Aalborg
  • 2006-2008: Fysioterapeut på Hreyfigreining (klinik) i Reykjavik, Island
  • 2007-2008: Fysioterapeut ved Hreyfing (fitness center) i Reykjavik, Island
  • 2007: Fysioterapeut for Gigtforeningen på Island (deltid)
  • 2005-2006: Fysioterapeut ved Bistrup fysioterapi i Birkerød

Forsknings ophold og forskningssamarbejde 

  • 2014: Ophold ved University of Queensland, Juli-September

Akademiske priser & Udemærkelser

  • 2016: SASP Travel Award – Eneste givet i Danmark i 2016
  • 2015: Nomineret som “Top Best Abstracts” ved 9th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®) – PAIN IN EUROPE IX
  • 2014: Poster Pris ved ”The Healthy Research” research seminar at the Faculty of Medicine, AAU. One of two prices given. Præmie: 5,000kr
  • 2012: Poster Pris ved ”Fourth Annual Aalborg Symposium on the Advances in Neurophysiology and Neural Rehabilitation Engineering of Movement”, AAU. En ud af to priser.
  • 2009: Deans’ Commendation for High Achievement, Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, UQ, Australien

Peer-Reviewed Artikler

  • The use of posture-correcting shirts is not supported by current evidence – a scoping review of the literature – Palsson TS, Travers MJ, Rafn T, Ingemann-Molden S, Caneiro JP, Christensen SW. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, May 2019. Doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2019-0005 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Ultrasonographic assessment of patellar tendon thickness at 16 clinically relevant measurement sites – a study of intra- and interrater reliability -Pætur M. Holm, Søren T. Skou, Jens L. Olesen, Sissel Mølbak, Heidi Jørgensen, Morten Skjoldager, Steffan W. Christensen. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, February 2019 doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2019.02.004 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Range and jerkiness of neck movement can be accurately assessed using a smartphone-based application – Palsson, T.S.; Christensen, S.W.; Thomsen, M.H.; Hirata, R.P.. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 2019 Jan; doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2019.01.002. Epub 2019 Jan 9.
  • Light Touch Contact Improves Pain-Evoked Postural Instability During Quiet Standing – Rogerio Pessoto Hirata; Steffan Christensen; Simone Agger; Mikkel Svindt; Nicklas Røssner; Jesper Abildgaard; Nicolas Vuillerme; Thomas Graven-Nielsen -Pain Medicine 2018; 0: 1–9 doi: 10.1093/pm/pny015[Epub ahead of print]
  • Altered pain sensitivity and axioscapular muscle activity in neck pain patients compared to healthy controls – SW Christensen, RP Hirata & T Graven-Nielsen. European Journal of Pain,2017 Nov;21(10):1763-1771. doi: 10.1002/ejp.1088. Epub 2017 Aug 27
  • National Clinical Guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with resent onset neck pain with and without radiating arm pain – Per Kjaer, Alice Kongsted, Jan Hartvigsen, Anne Gram, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Bolette Søborg, Charlotte Krog, Christian Martin Møller, Christine Skovgaard, Frank Lønberg, Hans Kristian Lauritsen, Henrik Hein Lauridsen, Inge Ris Hansen, Jesper Nørregaard, Jørgen Korsgaard, Karsten Juhl Jørgensen, Lars Valentin Hansen, Marie Jakobsen, Martin Bach Jensen, Martin Melbye, Peter Duel, Peter Kryger-Baggesen, Steffan W. Christensen, Tina Povlsen. European Spine Journal. 2017 Sep;26(9):2242-2257. doi: 10.1007/s00586-017-5121-8. Epub 2017 May 18
  • Blood flow after contraction and cuff occlusion is reduced in subjects with muscle soreness after eccentric exercise – Souza-Silva, E; Wittrup Christensen, S; Hirata, RP; Larsen, RG; Graven-Nielsen, T. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 2018 Jan;28(1):29-39. doi: 10.1111/sms.12905. Epub 2017 May 29.
  • Reconceptualising manual therapy skills in contemporary practice – Martin Rabey; Toby Hall; Clair Hebron; Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson; Steffan  Christensen; Niamh Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 2017 Jun;29:28-32. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.02.010. Epub 2017 Mar 6.
  • National klinisk retningslinje for ikke-kirurgisk behandling af nyopståede uspecifikke nakkesmerter – Bolette Søborg; Peter Duel; Anne Gram; Henrik Hein Lauridsen; Alexander Isenberg-Jørgensen; Martin Bach Jensen; Alice Kongsted; Jørgen Korsgaard; Steffan W. Christensen; Charlotte Krog; Peter Kryger-Baggesen; Hans Kristian Lauritsen, Frank Lønnberg ””. Sundhedsstyrelsen, November 2016, ISBN: 978-87-7104-816-2
  • Bilateral experimental neck pain reorganise axioscapular muscle coordination and pain sensitivity – SW Christensen, RP Hirata & T Graven-Nielsen. European Journal of Pain, 2017 Apr;21(4):681-691. doi: 10.1002/ejp.972. Epub 2016 Nov 11.
  • Cuff algometry for estimation of hyperalgesia and pain summation – Tim Alex Lindskou, Steffan Wittrup Christensen, Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Pain Medicine, 2017 Mar 1;18(3):468-476. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw168.
  • Effects of prolonged and acute muscle pain on the force control strategy during isometric contractions – CA Mista, M Bergin, R Hirata, S Christensen, K Tucker, P Hodges, T Graven-Nielsen. Journal of Pain, July 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.06.013. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Interaction between uvb-induced cutaneous hyperalgesia and ngf-induced muscle hyperalgesia – Silvia Lo Vecchio; Lars J Petersen; Sara Finocchietti; Parisa Gazerani; Steffan W Christensen; Lars Arendt-Nielsen. The European Journal of Pain, 2016 Aug;20(7):1058-69. doi: 10.1002/ejp.828. Epub 2015 Dec 28.
  • Movement evoked pain and mechanical hyperalgesia after intramuscular injection of nerve growth factor: A model of sustained elbow pain – Michael Joseph Gerard Bergin; Rogerio Hirata; Christian Mista; Steffan W Christensen; Kylie Tucker; Bill Vicenzino; Paul Hodges. Pain Medicine, 2015 Nov;16(11):2180-91. doi: 10.1111/pme.12824. Epub 2015 Jul 14.
  • Reorganised Motor Control Strategies Of Trunk Muscles Due To Acute Low Back Pain – RP Hirata, S Salomoni, SW Christensen & T Graven-Nielsen. Human Movement ScienceHuman Movement Science, 2015 Jun;41:282-94. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2015.04.001. Epub 2015 Apr 13.
  • The effect of experimental neck pain on pressure pain sensitivity and axioscapular motor control – SW Christensen, RP Hirata & T Graven-Nielsen. The Journal of Pain, 2015 Apr;16(4):367-79. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.01.008. Epub 2015 Jan 29.
  • Digital Pain Drawings: Assessing touch-screen technology and 3D body schemas – Shellie A. Boudreau, Susanne Badsberg, Steffan W. Christensen, and Line L. Egsgaard. Clinical Journal of Pain, 2016 Feb;32(2):139-45. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000230.
  • Agreement between therapists rating scapular posture in multiple planes in patients with neck pain – Shaun O’Leary, Steffan Christensen, Alexis Verouhis, Morten Pape, Oivind Nilsen, Steven M McPhail -Physiotherapy,2015 Dec;101(4):381-8. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2015.01.005. Epub 2015 Jan 25.
  • Motor cortex reorganization and impaired function in the transition to sustained muscle pain – SM Schabrun, SW Christensen, N Mrachacz-Kersting, T Graven-Nielsen -Cerebral Cortex 2016 May;26(5):1878-90. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu319. Epub 2015 Jan 21.
  • Modulation of motor variability related to experimental muscle pain during elbow-flexion contractions – Christian A Mista, Steffan W Christensen & Thomas Graven-Nielsen – Human Movement Science; 2015 Feb;39:222-35. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2014.09.006. Epub 2014 Dec 12.

Peer-Reviewed Abstrakts præsenteret ved nationale og internationale konferencer

  • Prolonged Slumped Sitting Posture Causes Neck Pain and Increased Axioscapular Muscle Activity in Healthy Volunteers – SW Christensen; TS. Palsson; HJ. Krebs; T. Graven-Nielsen; RP. Hirata – Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 17th World Congress on Pain, IASP® 2018
  • The effect of acute experimental neck pain on cervical kinesthetic sense with and without a distracting cognitive task – Christensen, RP. Hirata, A. Peolsson, SM. Agger, M. Svindt, T. Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 10th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®) – PAIN IN EUROPE X, 2017
  • Sitting Posture and Neck Pain in Healthy Volunteers – Steffan Wittrup Christensen, Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson, Rogerio Pessoto Hirata, Hans Krebs & Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the WCPT Congress 2017
  • Assessment of neck range of motion – Correlation between a smartphone-based application and gold standard – Palsson T.S., Christensen S.W., Thomsen M.H., Hirata, R.P. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the WCPT Congress 2017
  • Faldprediktion hos hjemmeboende ældre borgere i Aalborg Kommune – en studieprotkol til et prospektivt kohortestudie – Morten Villumsen, Bo Grarup, Steffan Wittrup Christensen, Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson, Rogerio Pessoto Hirata. Conference abstract and podium presentation at Forsknings- og udviklingssymposium i Region Nordjylland 2016.
  • Ongoing neck pain causes alterations in axioscapular muscle activity when compared to healthy controls – Christensen, R. Hirata, T. Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 16th World Congress on Pain, IASP® 2016
  • Acute bilateral experimental neck pain reorganizes axioscapular and trunk muscle activity during slow arm movements – Steffan Christensen, R. P. Hirata, T. Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and podium presentation at the IFOMT Conference 2016
  • Acute bilateral experimental neck pain reorganise axioscapular and trunk muscle activity during slow resisted arm movements – W. Christensen, R.P. Hirata, T. Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and podium presentation at the SASP Conference 2016
  • Fysisk aktivites indvirken på tryksmertesensivitet og smerteudbredelse hos personer med nakkesmerter sammenlignet med raske deltagere – S. Christensen, R. Hirata, T. Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and podium presentation at Forsknings- og udviklingssymposium i Region Nordjylland 2015.
  • Siddestillings indvirkning på nakkesmerter og smertesensitivitet – Et pilot studie – Støve, M. P., Toftdahl, A. K. S., Thrane, M., Vestergaard, M., Christensen, S. W. Conference abstract and podium precentation at Forsknings- og udviklingssymposium i Region Nordjylland 2015.
  • The effects of repeated arm movements on pressure pain sensitivity in neck pain patients and healthy controls – S. Christensen, R. Hirata, T. Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract, oral and poster presentation at the 9th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®) – PAIN IN EUROPE IX, 2015
  • Distraction from pain improves postural stability during experimental pain – Rogerio Pessoto Hirata, Steffan Christensen, Simone May Agger; Mikkel Svindt; Nicklas Røssner, Jesper Abildgaard; Nicolas Vuillerme; Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 9th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®) – PAIN IN EUROPE IX, 2015
  • Bilateral experimental neck pain reorganizes axioscapular and trunk muscle activity during fast arm movements – Steffan Christensen, R. P. Hirata, T. Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at Danske fysioterapeuters fagkongres 2015
  • Akutte eksperimentelle nakkesmerter påvirker motorisk kontrol af axioscaplære & trunkus muskler – Steffan Wittrup Christensen, Rogerio Pessoto Hirata & Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and podium presentation at Forsknings- og udviklingssymposium i Region Nordjylland 2014.
  • Motor cortex adaptation in the transition from acute to maintained muscle pain – SM Schabrun, SW Christensen, N Mrachacz-Kersting, T Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at 44th Neuroscience Congress 2014
  • Axioscapular muscle activity during experimental neck pain and rapid arm movements is not affected – S. W. Christensen, R. P. Hirata, T. Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 15th World Congress on Pain, IASP® 2014
  • Motor cortex adaptation after repeated injection of nerve growth factor in humans – SM Schabrun, SW Christensen, N Mrachacz-Kersting, T Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 15th World Congress on Pain, IASP® 2014
  • Effects of prolonged muscle soreness and pain on force variability during isometric force task – Michael J.G. Bergin, Rogerio Hirata, Christian Mista, Steffan W. Christensen, Kylie Tucker, Bill Vicenzino, Paul W. Hodges, Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 15th World Congress on Pain, IASP® 2014
  • CA Mista, M Bergin, R Hirata, S Christensen, P Hodges, T Graven-Nielsen “Effects of prolonged muscle soreness and pain on force variability during isometric force task – Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 15th World Congress on Pain, IASP® 2014
  • Altered control strategies during isometric trunk extension following experimental low back pain – Hirata, Rogerio Pessoto; Salomoni, Sauro Emerick; Christensen, Steffan Wittrup; Graven-Nielsen, Thomas. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the ISEK, 2014.
  • Ultrasonographic measurement of the healthy patellar tendon – a study of intra- and intertester reliability – Christensen SW, Skjoldager M, Mølbak S, Jørgensen H, Olesen J, Skou ST. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the Danish sports medicine conference, January 2014
  • Experimental neck muscle pain reorganises the axioscapular muscle activity during arm movements – Steffan Wittrup Christensen; Rogerio Pessoto Hirata & Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Conference abstract and poster presentation at the 8th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®) – PAIN IN EUROPE VIII, 2013
  • Inter-tester reliability in the judgment of scapular orientation in a neck pain population – Christensen, SW, Pape, M, Verouhis, A, Nilsen, Ø, O’Leary, S. Conference abstract and podium presentation at the ”Physiotherapy and rehabilitation symposium”, UCN, Aalborg, Denmark, 2011

Ikke-Peer-Reviewed Publikationer

  • Holdningskorrigerende trøjer – Har du en holdning til tøj? – Steffan Wittrup Christensen; Stian Ingemann-Molden; Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson. [Danish]. Dansk Sportsmedicin, May2019
  • Back pain in sports – Same but different? – Steffan Wittrup Christensen; Megan McPhee; Martin Rabey; Niamh Moloney;Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson – Dansk Sportsmedicin, 4, 21. årgang November 2017 ISSN 2445-7876
  • Neck pain – Sensory and motor effects during shoulder movements – Steffan Wittrup Christensen. PhD-Thesis, Aalborg University Press 2017
  • TextNeck – A new disease threatening our health or a homegrown problem? – Palsson TS; Christensen SW [Icelandic] – The Physical Therapist – Journal of the Icelandic Physiotherapy association. 1(46).2017.

Inviteret foredragsholder, samt oplæg på Symposier & Workshops

  • 2018: Symposium: “Spinal pain – Myths, facts and treatment strategies”, Danske fysioterapeuters fagkongres, Odense.
  • 2017: Inviteret foredragsholder ved Recover research unit, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australien. Emne Neck pain– Sensory and motor effects”
  • 2017: Workshop: “Muskuloskeletale smerter – Undersøgelse, behandling & evidens” i samarbejde med Danske Fysioterapeuter, Aalborg.
  • 2017: Inviteret foredragsholder ved Spine Congress, Aarhus, Danmark
  • 2017: Foredrag ved folkeuniversitetet. Emne “Nakkesmerter og hovedpine”, Aalborg
  • 2016: Inviteret foredragsholder ved “Translational Neurobiology of the Pain System XXI”, Aalborg
  • 2016: Workshop på Middelfart ryg-center. Emne “Nakkesmerter”. Middelfart
  • 2015: Inviteret foredragsholder ved “Moving on With Pain Symposium – Neck Pain & Headache” arrangeret af SMOF. Emne “Nakkesmerter, smertesensitivitet og motorisk kontrol”, Aalborg.
  • 2015: Inviteret foredragsholder “ Smerter og motorisk kontrol i relation til bækken, lænd og nakke – implikationer for forskning i klinisk praksis” Fyraftensmøde, UCN
  • 2014: Workshop: “Muskuloskeletale smerter – Undersøgelse og evidens”. Forsknings- og Udviklingssymposium UCN, Aalborg
  • 2014: Inviteret foredragsholder “Neck pain – Motor and sensory aspects”, Human Neuroscience Unit, UQ, Australia
  • 2014: Inviteret foredragsholder “Neck pain and muscle function”, Australian Institute of Sports, Canberra, Australia
  • 2013: Inviteret foredragsholder “Neck pain – The effect of experimental neck pain on pressure pain sensitivity and axioscapular motor control”på kurset “Biomechanics and motor control. Upper extremity function and dysfunction from a clinical and applied perspective”
  • 2013: Inviteret foredragsholder “Neck pain – Neck pain ¬ Motor and sensory aspects: Preliminary results from a PhD project” Ortopædisk forsknings forum, Aalborg Universitets hospital
  • 2012: Workshop ”Low back pain – Posture & Gait” Sports dag for ben amputerede, Aalborg

Undervisning

  • Kurser i ind- & udland for sundhedspersonale med fokus på muskuloskeletale smerter, mekanismerne bag samt undersøgelse, behandling og evidensen herfor.
  • Nuværende: Gruppevejledning og undervisning på bachelor- og kandidatniveau (Medicin, Smertevidenskab og Tværfaglig Smertebehandling, Klinisk Videnskab og Teknologi, Idræt & Fysioterapi) ved det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet samt ved Fysioterapeut Uddannelsen, University College Nordjylland siden 2012
  • 2011-2013 Underviser på kurser i Ultralydsscanning for sundhedspersonale (læger, fysioterapeuter m.fl.) via PFF i Norge

Kongresser og efteruddannelse

  • 2018:17th World Congress on Pain, IASP®, Boston, USA
  • 2018: Danske fysioterapeuters fagkongres, Odense,
  • 2017: 10th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), København, Danmark
  • 2017: World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, Cape Town, Sydafrika
  • 2017: Spine Congress, Aarhus, Danmark
  • 2016: 16th World Congress on Pain, IASP®, Yokohama, Japan
  • 2016: IFOMT Conference, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2016: SASP Annual meeting, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 2015: 9th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), Vienna, Østrig
  • 2015: World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, Singapore
  • 2015: Danske fysioterapeuters fagkongres, Odense,
  • 2014: 15th World Congress on Pain, IASP®, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2013: Biomechanics and motor control. Upper extremity function and dysfunction from a clinical and applied perspective. SDU, Odense
  • 2013: The 11th IASP Research Symposium “Brain and Pain: Researching Pain Persistence after surgery, Arnhem, Holland
  • 2013: 8th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), Firenze, Italien
  • 2012: Sports and exercise pharmacology
  • 2012: Changing pain and movement behaviours – klinisk workshop med Prof. Peter O’Sullivan
  • 2012: Lumbopelvic motor control: An integrated approach to clinical assessment and treatment of motor control dysfunction in low back pelvic pain – Prof. Paul Hodges
  • 2012: Translational Neurobiology of the Pain System XVII
  • 2012: Advanced Sensory Physiology and Higher Cortical Control
  • 2012: Fourth Annual Aalborg Symposium on the Advances in Neurophysiology and Neural Rehabilitation Engineering of Movement
  • 2012: Central Nervous System Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition and Sensitisation
  • 2013: Nociception and Motor Control, Aalborg
  • 2012: Evidence-based medicine, Aalborg
  • 2012: Translational neurobiology of the pain system XVI
  • 2011: Fysioterapi og rehabilitering symposiet, UCN Nordjylland
  • 2011: Supersole kursus 1
  • 2011: DFFAS ́ akupunkturkursus: Akupunktur og Smerte – kursus 1+2
  • 2011: Dynamisk stabilitet – Lumbal columna og trunkus
  • 2011: Ultralyds scanning, level 2 (Knæ & hofte)
  • 2010: Smerte Og Fysioterapi´s (SMOF) tema-dag: Smertemekanismer
  • 2010: Ultralyds scanning (Skulder, albue og hånd)
  • 2010: Ultralyds scanning (Knæ, ankel og fod)
  • 2010: Tema-dag: Sene-overbelastningsskader – Profylakse og rehabilitering
  • 2010: Dynamisk stabilitet – intro
  • 2010: Ultralyds scanning (hofte/lyske, mave og ryg).
  • 2008: Skulderkursus – analyse og behandling
  • 2007-2008: Flere workshops indenfor det muskuloskeletale området (bækken, ryg, nakke & skulder)
  • 2006: Manuel-terapi, MT-1b
  • 2006: Manuel-terapi, MT-1a
  • 2005: Fysioterapi i markedsbaserede sundhedsydelser
  • 2004: Idrætsfysioterapi
  • 2004: Fysioterapi og ældre
  • 2004: Fysisk aktivitet – træning som terapi