A physical therapist helps people regain everyday movement in order to re-integrate into society.
Therapeutic treatment of heat, light and electricity is used to reduce pain by moving part or the whole body so that normal daily life activities can be done and giving advice on renovating the home to make it barrier free. At Nishino Gakuen, active learning such as group work and presentations are a major part of the course and we encourage the students to be proactive. At the same time the students do their own research, exchange opinions and learn the skills that are needed for cooperation in the medical field as a team. In the first year there is a 5 day clinical training at a hospital so that the students can experience the medical field from early on. The second year students experience actual patient check-ups in their clinical training over a two-week period, the third year students do five weeks and the fourth year students have fourteen weeks of clinical training. With being involved with many patients, students can get a sense of the medical field. We have created a good educational environment and facility with equipment like three-dimensional motion analysis equipment, pressure measurement used to improve movement and video equipment that analyses movement.
An occupational therapist does rehabilitation for people who struggle to do every day things like eating and taking a bath because of their mental or physical state. Their aim is to find out what kind of lifestyle the client can achieve and support them with understanding so that they can be happy and comfortable. At Nishino Gakuen, we aim to train capable occupational therapists who can focus on the patient in any conceivable way so we incorporated practical lessons from the first year. Attention is always on medical field-orientated education so that students can reach their potential and become effective workers. Together with the students learning independently, the students do group work to not only think but also to communicate with other students and to touch on different ideas and share knowledge. From 2017 the first year students could do practical clinical work to raise awareness of the workplace at an early stage. The second year students gain work experience as a community occupational therapist at job support centers and special needs facilities for infants, children and students with disabilities.
Physical therapists are also involved so along with understanding each other’s expertise students also get to learn the foundation to work with a medical team.