Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory

P.T., Ph.D., Professor



In the laboratory of clinical biomechanics, we aim to contribute to the development of rehabilitation and physical therapy through research works.  Human motions, from young to old, patients and athletes, are measured and analyzed using non-invasive equipment such as optical and magnetic motion capture system, force plate, electromyography, and ultrasonic diagnostic equipment. Especially, by focusing on the mechanical property of the muscle and joint, and their relation with motor function, which is the most important part of physical therapy, we aim to develop effective method of treatment and prevention.

Research and Education

We aim to develop the academic frameworks of physical therapy through education, research, and practice, and to restore the achievement to clinical situations.  Physical therapists that have both the clinical ability to treat and the ability to investigate the effectiveness of their treatment are needed.  Physical therapists and students who are interested in the motor system rehabilitation are welcome to join us and work to develop physical therapy. The ongoing studies are as follows;
  1. Research on the effects of stretching.
  2. Development of effective therapeutic interventions for hip and knee OA.
  3. Analysis of gait and neuromuscular function in patients with hip OA.
  4. Development of neuromuscular-training program.
  5. Longitudinal study of relationship between disease progression and motion characteristics in patients with hip and knee OA.
  6. Electromyographic analysis of strength training.
  7. Evaluation of muscle stiffness using ultrasonic elastography
  8. Morphological study in muscles using ultrasonography
  9. Kinematics of the shoulder, hip and knee
  10. Research of age-related changes on physical fitness and muscle function
  11. Research and development of physical function assessment and training program for elderly people
  12. Clinical research on the preventions of falls and the need for long-term care
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  1. Inverse and forward dynamics analysis of gait
  2. EMG analysis of neuromuscular coordination
  3. Change of muscle hardness during stretching
  4. Measurement of 3-dimensional scapular movement during arm elevation

Recent Publications

  1. Ichihashi N, Umegaki H, Ikezoe T, Nakamura M, Nishishita S, Fujita K,Umehara J, Nakao S, Ibuki S. The effects of a 4-week static stretching programme on the individual muscles comprising the hamstrings. Journal of Sports Sciences. 26:1-5,2016
  2. Ichihashi N, Ibuki S, Otsuka N, Takashima S, Matsumura A: Kinematic characteristics of the scapula and clavicle during military press exercise and shoulder flexion. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 23(5):649-57,2014
  3. Ikezoe T, Nakamura M, Shima H, Asakawa Y, Ichihashi N. Association between walking ability and trunk and lower-limb muscle atrophy in institutionalized elderly women: a longitudinal pilot study. Journal of Physiological Anthropology. 34:31,2015.
  4. Tateuchi H, Shiratori S. Ichihashi N. The effect of three-dimensional postural change on iliotibial band hardness. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 28:137-42,2016
  5. Tateuchi H, Koyama Y, Tsukagoshi R, Akiyama H, Goto K, Kazutaka So, Kuroda Y,  Ichihashi N. Radiographic and clinical factors associated with one-leg standing and gait in patients with mild-to-moderate secondary hip osteoarthritis. Gait Posture.49:207-12,2016


Professor : Noriaki Ichihashi
Senior Lecturer : Tome Ikezoe
Assistant Proffesor : Hiroshige Tateuchi