Major in Rehabilitation Sciences
Field of Physical Therapy

Overview of the Field

For deeper insight into the disorders of pathophysiology and pathokinesiology, in the field of physical therapy, we conduct basic and clinical research on the physical disorders of clients. We educate our students to become highly skilled professionals capable of expanding the scientific basis of physiotherapy and coordinating multiple resources available to maximize the level of activities of daily living (ADL) and the quality of life (QOL) of our clients.
Furthermore, we develop new therapeutic treatments and assistive devices for our clients with physical disabilities and their families by making full use of scientific analyses.

Characteristics of the field

Motion analysis

In the research on "motion analysis", the changes of movement are analyzed over time. We use a combination of various measurement tools, including a three-dimensional movement analysis device with nine cameras and six force plates, EMG, stabilograph and BIODEX.
A wide array of analyses into movement is conducted, ranging from chair rising behavior both in healthy subjects and in people with disabilities to high-level movements performed by national-level athletes.

Cerebral function analysis

We analyze various cerebral activities occurring when performing a motion with various sensory stimulations. For the purpose of analyzing the variations of cerebral activities during motor learning we make full use of 48 channel near-infrared light spectroscopy imaging devices and/or a brain electromagnetic stimulation device.

Prevention of falls and prevention of arthralgia

We conduct field research pertaining to the prevention of falls for local elderly people, and preventive intervention against arthralgia. In the fall prevention program, we have started a collaborative research program with the California State University in Fresno (U.S.A.).

Clinical studies based on evidence

In the clinical practice of physical therapy, there is an urgent need to develop a set of physical therapy technologies based on scientific evidence with proven effectiveness.
We provide the knowledge and skills necessary to validate all the accumulated experiences effectively and scientifically and to address questions that arise from clinical activities in each area of physical therapy.

Master's Degree

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

Examples of research topics

  • Mechanosensory responses of osteoblastic and osteoclastic cells to dynamic muscle loads; Muscle-bone interactions.
  • Neural regulation of bone metabolism mediated by osteoblasts and osteoclasts.
  • Oxygenation changes in sensorimotor cortex during exhaustive handgrip task ;A Near-infrared spectroscopy study.
  • Repeated practice of a Go/No Go visuomotor task induces neuroplastic change in the human posterior parietal cortex ; An MEG study.
  • Human motor cortex oxygenation during ergometer exercise; An NIRS study.
  • Modulation of the cortical silent period elicited by single- and paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation.
  • The relationship between the angle of shoulder elevation and EMG activity of subscapularis muscle.
  • Electromyographic study of shoulder joint muscles activity of difference in frequency and load in vibration machine.
  • Walking styles which prevent slipping on slippery floor surfaces.
  • The pre-study trial of the antagonist muscle moment estimate in the walking.
  • Effects of locomotor-respiratory coupling on cortical oxygenation; A near-infrared spectroscopy study.
  • A study of muscle activity by the type of walking style in Nordic-walking.
  • The pulmonary rehabilitation for the acute aggravation of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  • The factors of influence for one-leg standing time in healthy young subjects.
  • A change of the Healthy-Related quality of life by the deep brain stimulation therapy intervention in Parkinson's disease.
  • The usefulness of the assessment of living space for people with cerebrovascular disorders living at home.
  • Prevention of falls in elderly people with nursing care in insured facilities
  • A study of physical factors that influence the chronic knee pain at home elderly at home.