About the Graduate School of Rehabilitation Science
Establishing new rehabilitation studies that are more closely linked to people’s daily lives to meet the needs of present-day society
The social situations surrounding health, medical care and welfare in Japan are changing rapidly due to ever-advancing medical technology, the accelerating progress of the declining birthrate and aging population, and changes in the disease structure associated with an increase in lifestyle-related diseases.
In order to realize a “self-reliant welfare society” that enables independent, high-quality lives in all life stages for all people, whether or not they have an illness or disability, it is necessary to develop new rehabilitation approaches that are more closely linked to people’s daily lives and that seek to support their independence and social participation in the community, going beyond the barriers of traditional rehabilitation medicine, which focuses on treatment, recovery and suppression of the progression of the disability.
Comprising the two departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, the Graduate School of Rehabilitation Science seeks to cultivate human resources who possess advanced research capabilities, with the goal of establishing new rehabilitation studies covering all stages from health maintenance/promotion and illness and disability prevention through to treatment, recovery and social rehabilitation/participation.
The Department of Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy undertakes a broad range of research from basic to clinical. Its research areas include motion control, neurophysiology, orthopedic physical therapy, cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, support for disability sports, elderly rehabilitation, women’s health, and preventive physical therapy.
The Department of Occupational Therapy
The Department of Occupational Therapy undertakes a wide range of research from basic to clinical, to support the daily living of people with disabilities or health limitations. Its research areas include higher brain function, post-stroke upper extremity function, remote rehabilitation, severe dementia, developmental disorder, mental disorder, serious illness, cancer, prevention of cognitive function decline in older adults, and occupational science.
Three Strengths of the Graduate School of Rehabilitation Science
1.Cutting-edge research facilities and equipment
We offer access to cutting-edge research facilities and equipment including 3D motion analysis systems, muscle function assessment systems, ultrasonic diagnostic imaging systems, electroencephalographs (EEG), and drive simulators.
2. Many opportunities for joint research
We have achieved numerous results by actively engaging in joint research projects with other Schools and Graduate Schools within OMU and other universities and research institutions in Japan and overseas, as well as various medical institutions and companies.
3. Many opportunities for community contribution
We are engaged in various community contribution activities in collaboration with medical institutions, special needs schools, local governments, etc. These activities provide excellent opportunities for fieldwork. We will further expand our community contribution activities in the future.