Stina (Titti) Lilje, Doctoral student

Health & Technology / Applied Health Technology

Titti Lilje


MSc, Naprapath, Doctoral student


School of Health Science, Campus Gräsvik


Blekinge Institute of Technology
School of Health Science
SE-371 79 Karlskrona
Phone: +46 708 233 332

title of Thesis work

Biomechanical aspects on locomotor related pain.

Overall aim of the thesis

To determine the occurence and development of locomotor related pain and whether or not such pain can be treated cost-effectively with naprapathy.

Dissertation plan and preliminary time schedule

Licentiate 2013

Dissertation 2015

Main Supervisor

Name: Johan Berglund
Title: Professor of Public Health
Affiliation: School of Health Science, Blekinge Institute of Technology 

Assistant Supervisors

Name: Eva Skillgate
Title: PhD
Affiliation: Karolinska Institutet

Name: Peter Anderberg
Title: PhD
Affiliation: School of Health Science

Peer Reviewed Publications

Lilje, S, Friberg, H, Wykman, A & Skillgate, E., "Naprapathic Manual Therapy or Conventional Orthopedic Care for Outpatients on Orthopedic Waiting Lists?: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial".

Abstracts & Conference presentations

"Are there associations between dysfunctional pain in "the younger elderly" and physical activities through life" 7th Congress of the European Union Geriatrics Medicine Society 2011.

Poster presentation at PRIMUS (Primary Care Musculoskeletal Research Congress), in Rotterdam, october 2010.

Financing and Affiliations

The Swedish Research Council, The Primary Care Blekinge, Blekinge Research Council, The Swedish Naprapathic Association.

Professional Background

I am a certified naprapath and has also worked as a figure skating coach. After graduation, I worked for six years as a naprapath at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, in close cooperation with orthopedic surgeon, nurse and physiotherapist. I then moved to Karlskrona to open my own practice, mostly with the treatment of individuals but also as a consultant for occupational health, various businesses and sporting clubs.

I sometimes supervise prospective naprapaths in their internships and bachelor theses and have been teaching about sports injuries in high school. I have been part of developing a system of quality assurance in the Swedish Naprapathic Association and am now working with education of this within the profession.

After studies in research methodology and biomechanics, I conducted, in collaboration with the Orthopaedic Clinic at Blekinge Hospital, a treatment study where we examined whether it was possible to shorten the waiting list at the hospital by means of manual therapies.

Life is movement, but movement can also lead to pain, which in turn can easily develop into a public health problem. My ambition is to try, in a scientific way, to contribute to the clarification of manual medicine, in the interface to the traditional medicine. Together with studies on the occurrence and development of locomotor related pain in the aging population, I will in my dissertation also be looking at health economic and treatment related effects of manual therapies at such pain.



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