Work experience


2015 – now
Research assistant, SMIL
SensoriMotor Integration Lund (SMIL) is a research project in which we investigate if individuals with persistent neck pain might benefit from a supervised and structured exercise program.
2014 – 2015
Research assistant, Department of Family Medicine, Lund University
I was a research assistant during the summer of 2014 and, backed by a scholarship from Lund University, did research on vestibular asymmetry in patients with wrist fractures.


2014 – now
Physical therapist, Vårdcentralen Södra Sandby Region Skåne
Clinical work at a primary care facility in southern Sweden. Beyond tending to patients, my responsibilities include managing the web-booking service.


2016 – now
Teaching assistant, Lund University
I teach anatomy, palpation, and examination skills to students at the medical school of Lund University.


  • Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging



2015 – 2017
Master’s degree in medical science with a major in physical therapy, Lund University
In my masters thesis I am developing a specialized gym for treating patients with persistent neck pain.
2014 – 2015
Summer research course, Lund University
I worked as a research assistant at a specialized clinic for pain rehabilitation in Lund, which I presented as a poster on EFIC in 2015 and, later, IASP in 2016.
2013 – 2014
Summer research scholarship, Lund University
As a part of a stipend, I undertook a course in basic academic knowledge.
2011 – 2014
Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy
My bachelor’s thesis entailed interviewing Japanese physical therapists about their professional role and use of technology.


  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy, level 1 & 2
  • Sports medicine
  • Basic Body Awareness Therapy, A-level
  • Trigger point therapy


  • Course in conducting systematic reviews provided by HTA-0.


Peer-reviewed articles

1. Westergren H, Larsson J, Freeman M, Carlsson A, Jöud A, Malmström E-M. Sex-based differences in pain distribution in a cohort of patients with persistent post-traumatic neck pain. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017 Jan; doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1280543

2. Larsson J, Miller M, Ekvall Hansson E. Vestibular asymmetry increases double support time variability in a counter-balanced study on elderly fallers. Gait & Posture. 2016 Mar;45:31–4. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.12.023

3. Larsson J, Ekvall Hansson E, Miller M. Increased double support variability in elderly female fallers with vestibular asymmetry. Gait Posture. 2015 Mar;41(3):820–4. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.02.019

Conference papers

4. Johan Larsson, Hans Westergren, Eva-Maj Malmström. Pain distribution after neck traumas: An analysis of 745 consecutive patients with persistent neck pain. In: IASP 2016: The World Congress on Pain. Yokohama, Japan; 2016.

5. Westergren H, Larsson J, Malmström E-M. Pain distribution in 745 consecutive patients with persistent pain after whiplash trauma. In: EFIC 2015: Translating evidence into practice. Vienna, Austria; 2015.

6. Johan Larsson, Hans Westergren, Birgitta Häggman-Henrikson, Eva-Maj Malmström. SensoriMotor Integration Lund - the SMIL gym: A supervised exercise program for patients with persistent neck pain. In: Svenskt Smärtforum 2016. Jönköping, Sweden; 2016.


7. Larsson J. A letter to the editor regarding “Serratus anterior or pectoralis minor: Which muscle has the upperhand during protraction exercises?” Manual Therapy. 2016 Aug;24:e1. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2016.04.002

Computer skills

Statistical software and languages

  • R
  • SPSS
  • C++ (at a low level)

Text production

  • \(\mathrm{\LaTeX}\)
  • Adobe Indesign
  • The Microsoft Office Suite

Graphical production

  • Adobe Illustrator

Software packages


  • qualpalr
  • eulerr