Movement science organizes international seminars for physios.

Instructor: Harpa Helgadottir

BS University of Iceland MTC Manual Therapy Certified
MHSc University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
PhD University of Iceland.


Dr. Harpa Helgadóttir received a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Iceland in 1991 and Manual Therapy Certification
(MTC) from the University of St. Augustine in 2000; in addition to earning her Master of Health Science degree in 2005. In 2006, she enrolled
in the PhD program in BioMedical Science at the University of Iceland and defended her thesis in 2010.

  • BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Iceland, 1991
  • Manual Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine USA, 2000
  • MHSc degree from the University of St. Augustine USA, 2005
  • Ph.D. degree in BioMedical Science at the University of Iceland, 2010
  • Founder, instructor and manager of "Breidu bokin ehf" in Iceland, that specializes in the assessment and retraining of the musculoskeletal system, since 1991
  • Adjunkt at the University of Iceland since 2001
  • Adjunct at the University of St. Augustine since 2013
  • Adjunct at the University of Reykjavik since 2015.

Dr. Helgadóttir has completed research about the spine and shoulder girdle and published original articles on the subject in scientific journals*.
She has worked as a physical therapist since 1991 and founded a treatment center in 1996; specializing in physical training for patients
with neck and back disorders using an exercise approach. She is currently the sole owner and one of eight physical therapists at the center which
is located in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Over the past 30 years Dr. Helgadóttir has been developing her own approach, using her clinical experience and strengths utilizing a variety of
methods and techniques. She has been teaching courses at the University of Iceland since 2001 and University of St. Augustine since 2013,
as well as conducting international seminars.
Outside of work, Dr. Helgadóttir maintains an active lifestyle, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking and playing golf. She also enjoys
dancing and music.

 

* Altered scapular orientation during arm elevation in patients with insidious onset neck pain and whiplash associated disorder. Helgadóttir H, Kristjansson E, Mottram S, Karduna A, Jonsson H. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 2010:40(12);784-791.
* Altered activity of the serratus anterior in patients with cervical disorders. Helgadóttir H, Kristjansson E, Einarsson E, Karduna A, Jonsson H. J Electromyogr Kinesiol, 2011:21;947-953.
* Altered alignment of the shoulder girdle and cervical spine in patients with insidious onset neck pain and whiplash associated disorders. Helgadóttir H, Kristjansson E, Mottram S, Karduna A, Jonsson H. J Appl Biomech, 2011:27(3);181-191.