Please describe you reception/experience of the two SOWH physical therapy courses in Japan?
Before taking the two SoWH courses in Japan, I was very nervous because I have never done an internal examination. It was not easy but I’m confident that I did well. Thanks to the instructors, my training has deepened my understanding of pelvic health and obstetric physical therapy.
What is women’s health physical therapy like in Japan currently?
Many physiotherapists in Japan think that patients who need women’s health physical therapy are pregnant women or post-partum women only. Patients with irregular menstruation or menopausal disorders are not included.
How will you apply your newly learned knowledge and skills to your practice/work place?
I currently and primarily instruct kinematics, three dimensional motion analysis, professional practice, and general women’s health at a university. I am sure that my newly learned knowledge will improve the quality of education I provide to students.
What was the most impressive or useful part of your course experience?
The most impressive part of my course experience was behavioral intervention. I learned that it is important mastering not only manual therapy but also behavioral sciences.
What do you see in the future of Japan concerning women’s and men’s health pelvic and obstetrics physical therapy?
Currently, many Japanese physiotherapists are interested in male/female pelvic physical therapy and obstetric physical therapy. There are only a few physiotherapists that work in gynecology departments. I think the link between obstetric physical therapy and gynecology is gradually developing.
Many of the current Japanese physiotherapists understand the importance of learning about women’s health care, however, education is inadequate, and most physiotherapy students graduate without learning about women’s health care. In the future, I think that we must change the educational model including the curriculum to include this specialty.