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 - Rehabilitation Sciences - Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences
Development and Rehabilitation of Motor Function
Rehabilitation is the process of developing oneself again so that one can show the highest ability in daily living. Rehabilitation creates a new life. Importance is being added to rehabilitation with the increasing application of advanced medical treatment and change in the structure of society. We try to promote research on the mechanisms of motor dysfunction, the development of new function, and compensatory methods assisted by up-to-date technology. With these approaches, we are aiming at the establishment of advanced rehabilitation systems.

Noriaki Ichihashi,

Research and Education
We intend to produce excellent rehabilitation professionals who, with broad horizons, can cope with many problems in both clinical and social settings. We proceed with research in cooperation with Kyoto University Hospital on the theoretical aspects of motor disability and practical reconstructive strategies. Specific themes are as follows:

1.Analyses of functional disorders caused by musculoskeletal diseases.

2.Clinical and biomechanical investigations on the physiotherapy of the locomotor system.

3.Evaluation systems for physiotherapy.

4.Investigation on stretching

5.Investigation on training effectiveness

6.Analyses of the factor of falling in elderly people.

7.Investigation to prevent falling; exercise training.

Development and Rehabilitation of Motor Function
Professor Noriaki Ichihashi, TadaoTsuboyama

Tomoki Aoyama

Tome Ikezoe

Hiroshige Tateuchi,
Minoru Yamada
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Analyses of biomechanics; 3-dimentional optical operating analysis, ground reactive force monitor, electro-myogram
Ultrasound image
3-dimensional gait analysis using treadmill without loading pressure
Sitting pressure
Recent Publications
1. Nakamura M, Ikezoe T, Takeno Y, Ichihashi N:Acute and prolonged effect of static stretching on the passive stiffness of the human gastrocnemius muscle tendon unit in vivo. J Orthop Res. 2011 Nov;29(11):1759-63.
2. Fukumoto Y, Ikezoe T, Yamada Y, Tsukagoshi R, Nakamura M, Mori N, Kimura M, Ichihashi N: Skeletal muscle quality assessed from echo intensity is associated with muscle strength of middle-aged and elderly persons. Eur J Appl Physiol. Epub 2011 Aug 17.
3. Ikezoe T, Mori N, Nakamura M, Ichihashi N:Effects of age and inactivity due to prolonged bed rest on atrophy of trunk muscles. Eur J Appl Physiol. Epub 2011 Apr 7.
4. Nagai K, Yamada M, Uemura K, Tanaka B, Mori S, Yamada Y, Aoyama T, Ichihashi N, Tsuboyama T.: Effects of the fear of falling on muscular coactivation during walking. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2011 May 23. [Epub ahead of print]
5. Uemura K, Yamada M, Nagai K, Ichihashi N:Older adults at high risk of falling need more time for anticipatory postural adjustment in the precrossing phase of obstacle negotiation. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2011 Aug;66(8):904-9.
6. Tateuchi H, Wada O, Ichihashi N:Effects of calcaneal eversion on three-dimensional kinematics of the hip, pelvis and thorax in unilateral weight bearing. Hum Mov Sci. 2011 Jun;30(3):566-73.
7. Tateuchi H, Ichihashi N, Shinya M, Oda S:Anticipatory postural adjustments during lateral step motion in patients with hip osteoarthritis. J Appl Biomech. 2011 Feb;27(1):32-9.