Academics

Major in Rehabilitation Sciences
Field of Occupational Therapy

Overview of the field

Occupational therapy is the art and science aiming at the re-construction of the occupational (life-related) functions of people with physical or mental disorders. It is the field in which treatment, guidance and support are performed through the engagement in meaningful and purposeful activities in accordance with the clients' needs. In the field of occupational therapy, we conduct both basic and clinical research for the evaluation and treatment of life dysfunctions caused by physical or mental disorders. In this field, we raise highly skilled professionals capable of conducting evaluation, treatment, guidance and support not only from the perspectives of physical and mental functions, but also from those of human activities and society. In addition, on the basis of highly specialized knowledge, we educate brilliant researchers capable of contributing to the development of occupational therapy, and competent educators in charge of the training and education of occupational therapists.

Characteristics of the field

Fostering the ability to conduct scientific verifications and to acquire knowledge of the teaching of occupational therapy.
Currently, there are urgent needs to develop and put in practice an occupational therapy based on scientific and narrative evidence, and to demonstrate its usefulness for the clients. The fostering of educators and researchers capable of contributing to the development of occupational therapy has been a challenge, but worth pursuing. In the field of occupational therapy, experts in each area teach students the knowledge and skills to verify effectively and scientifically the life functions of the clients in order to respond to the needs of the real world.

Conducting research in a wide range of specialties

In the field of occupational therapy, both basic research and clinical studies are conducted. In terms of basic research, mainly research in the fields of exercise physiology [OR: kinesiology] and brain science are conducted, using an electromyogram measurement system, an evoked potential analysis system using electromagnetic stimulation, a movement analyzer, and a multichannel oxygen monitor. In terms of clinical studies, research on the hand surgery, study of higher brain functions, studies on internal organ disorders, ADL and motor learning are being conducted.

Education provided by experts in each area

In the field of occupational therapy, the teaching staff plays an active role in the leadership of each academic society in the fields of hand therapy, study of higher brain functions, study of internal organ disorders, and sensory integration and ADL. Specialists who will be in charge of each area in the future are educated through the professional training provided by these experts.

Master's Degree

Master of Rehabilitation Science (M.Rehab.Sc.) in Occupational Therapy

Examples of research topics

  • Muscle activity properties of the flexor carpi radialis muscle and flexor carpi ulnaris muscle by the difference in forearm position.
  • The relationship between the motor imagery ability and the corticospinal excitability during gazing at mirror hand with voluntary movement.
  • The effects of cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation of the supplementary motor area on the function of anticipatory postural adjustments.
  • Study of the utility of the mirror box task.
  • Regulating characteristics of the finger extensor.
  • Regulating characteristics of the extrinsic muscle and intrinsic muscles of the hand during flexion movement of the finger.
  • Muscle activity properties of Flexor carpi ulnaris and Abductor digiti minimi.
  • The relationship between the students' anxiety and personality characteristics and their results of fieldwork: before and after study.
  • Short intra-cortical inhibition and intra-cortical facilitation about the antagonist muscle at agonist muscle contractile.
  • Characteristic of the anconeus muscle functions as a varus stabilizer in the elbow joint.
  • Motor control properties about extensor indicis proprius and extensor digitorum.
  • Reliability and responsiveness of the Japanese version of utility instruments.
  • Re-standardization of the Kids Play Scale for 6 to 8 years old children.