Niigata University of Health and Welfare

Major in Rehabilitation Sciences
Field of Physical Therapy


For deeper insight into the disorders of pathophysiology and pathokinesiology, we in the Field of Physical Therapy, conduct basic and clinical research on 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 in order to maximize the level of activities of daily living (ADL) and the quality of life (QOL) of our clients.


Motion analysis
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.
Cerebral function analysis
For the purpose of analyzing variations of cerebral activities during motor learning, we make full use of 48-channel near-infrared light spectroscopy imaging devices and a brain electromagnetic stimulation device.
Prevention of falls and arthralgia
We conduct field research pertaining to the prevention of falls of elderly people and preventive intervention against arthralgia.
Clinical studies based on evidence
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

  1. Mechanosensory responses of osteoblastic and osteoclastic cells to dynamic muscle loads; Muscle-bone interactions.
  2. Neural regulation of bone metabolism mediated by osteoblasts and osteoclasts.
  3. Oxygenation changes in sensorimotor cortex during exhaustive handgrip task ;A Near-infrared spectroscopy study.
  4. Repeated practice of a Go/No Go visuomotor task induces neuroplastic change in the human posterior parietal cortex ; An MEG study.
  5. Human motor cortex oxygenation during ergometer exercise; An NIRS study
  6. Modulation of the cortical silent period elicited by single- and paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation.
  7. Heamodynamic changes during and after the transcranial direct current stimulation on primary motor cortex.
  8. Effects of exercis eduration on premtor cortrex oxygenation.
  9. Relationship between exercise duration on cognitive function improvement and prefrontal cortex oxygenation.
  10. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of mechanical adaptation in the muscle.
  11. Electromyographic study of shoulder joint muscles activity of difference in frequency and load in vibration machine.
  12. The relationship between the angle of shoulder elevation and EMG activity of subscapularis muscle.
  13. The chronic and acute effect of stretching and resistance training on muscle-tendon unit properties.
  14. Molecular and neural mechanisms of delayed onset muscle soreness.
  15. Pathological mechanisms of nociception and pain in fibromyalgia.
  16. Peripheral and central mechanisms of pain in the muscle and the fascia.
  17. Neural mechanisms of mechanical hyperalgesia/allodynia.
  18. A study of physical factors that influence the chronic knee pain at home elderly at home.
  19. Walking styles which prevent slipping on slippery floor surfaces.
  20. A study of muscle activity by the type of walking style in Nordic-walking.
  21. The pre-study trial of the antagonist muscle moment estimate in the walking.
  22. Effects of locomotor-respiratory coupling on cortical oxygenation; A near-infrared spectroscopy study.
  23. The pulmonary rehabilitation for the acute aggravation of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  24. Gender differences in cough peak flow and related frespuratory actors.
  25. Influence of physica function on direllium in intensive care unit and coronary care unit.
  26. Influence of physica activity on physical function in type 2 diabetes mellitus patioents.
  27. The factors of influence for one-leg standing time in healthy young subjects.
  28. A change of the Healthy-Related quality of life by the deep brain stimulation therapy intervention in Parkinson's disease.
  29. The usefulness of the assessment of living space for people with cerebrovascular disorders living at home.
  30. Prevention of falls in elderly people with nursing care in insured facilities
  31. Paleopathological study of human remains from archaeological sites.
  32. Bone histomorphological approach to clarify activity levels of ancient human populations.

Teaching Staff

Ryosaku Kobayashi / Professor / Ph. D. (Chair)
Fall prevention in the elderly at home, Cohort study of physical functions in community-dwelling elderly, Management of neuromuscular disorders in physical therapy

Hideaki Onishi / Professor / Ph. D.
Sensorimotor integration in the human sensorimotor cortex -MEG and EEG study, Induction of plasticity in the human motor cortex -TMS and tDCS study, Human motor cortex oxygenation during exercise -NIRS study

Masayoshi Kubo / Professor / Sc. D.
Motor learning, Kinesiology, Research methods, Understanding of human movement control / learning using biomechanical methods, Time series analysis of standing balance, Kinematic analysis of knee in motion using the point cluster method

Hiroyuki Tamaki / Professor / Ph. D.
Regulation of bone remodeling by the central and peripheral nervous system, Musculoskeletal and neural interactions altered by exercise training, Functional significance of physiological tremor enhanced by muscle fatigue

Takashi Nara / Professor / Ph. D.
Human evolution, Osteology

Naritoshi Sato / Professor / Ph. D.
Low back pain, Effects of age-related spinal alignment and core stabilizing muscles, Myotuning approach for patients with muscular dysfunction

Toshio Soma / Professor / Ph. D.
Electromyographic and kinetic analysis of human movement, posture, Kinematic study of function in gait with Ankle Foot Orthosis

Isamu Konishi / Professor / Ph. D.
Community health and international health

Atsuhiro Tsubaki / Professor / Ph. D.
Cortical oxygenation during gross motor tasks, Exercise effects for cognitive function, Cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise, Physical functions and physical activity in internal disorder, Age-related changes in physical functions

Toru Taguchi / Professor / Ph. D.
Pain physiology, pathology and therapy, Peripheral and spinal mechanisms of myofascial pain and fibromyalgia, Cellular and molecular mechanisms of mechanical hyperalgesia

Junmei Sawada / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Bioarchaeology of prehistoric East Asia, Histomorphological analysis of osteo-remains from archaeological contexts, Anthropology, Osteoarchaeology, Zooarchaeology

Shinichiro Morishita / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Cancer Rehabilitation, Rating of perceived exertion during exercise, Health related QOL research, Exercise prevent mortality risk.

Mutsuaki Edama / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Gross anatomy, Functional anatomy, Twisted structure of the human Achilles tendon, Knee and ankle function of female athlete during the menstrual cycle

Naofumi Otsuru / Assistant Professor / Ph. D.
Pain processing in the human brain

Masatoshi Nakamura / Assistant Professor / Ph. D.
The effect of stretching on the muscle-tendon unit; the acute and chronic effects of resistance training on muscle strength and muscle mass.

Ryo Suzuki / Assistant Professor / Ph. D.
Macroscopic anatomy, Human morphogenesis, Biomedical engineering, Morphogenetic research of head-neck boundary regions morphogenetic research of variations of muscles in superior limb regions

Mitsuhiro Masaki / Assistant Professor / Ph. D.
Physical therapy in cerebral palsy, autism, low back pain, and older adults.