Clinical Department & Center

Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine


With the philosophy of “restoration of all human rights,” the Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine aims to provide rehabilitation that maximizes the ability of people with disabilities, encourage patients’ independence and improve their quality of life (QOL), unlike conventional organ-specific medical care.  
Healthcare reform is now being promoted to deal with increasing numbers of elderly people and people with disabilities, and rehabilitation is highly valued in all medical setting, including the acute stage, recovery stage and maintenance stage.


Medical care system

The Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine was established at Hokkaido University Hospital in 1996. It was certified as a general rehabilitation facility, has a ward for rehabilitation and boasts one of Japan’s largest rehabilitation facilities with the highest-quality staff.  

Treatment policy

Rehabilitation is conducted based on evaluation and the prescription of a training program. The details of the training program are prescribed based on evaluation during examination, electrophysiological evaluation using electroencephalography, electromyography, etc., exercise physiological evaluation using a motion analysis system, etc., and evaluation of higher brain function using neuropsychological tests, etc., and nerve block therapy, electric/magnetic stimulation therapies, eating/swallowing training, cognitive rehabilitation and other medical rehabilitation approaches are followed.

Areas of medical care

Diseases and all physical and mental disabilities due to aging are treated at the rehabilitation department. We provide medical care at a higher brain dysfunction specialty outpatient clinic and an eating/swallowing and oral care specialty outpatient clinic, as well as magnetic stimulation therapy, nerve block therapy and training in prosthetic limbs/rehabilitation devices.

Consultation hours

Consultations by a doctor are provided to new and returning patients on Monday through Friday mornings. Returning patients can also make an appointment in the afternoon. Outpatients who visit the hospital for training have to undergo evaluation by a doctor.

Major tests and equipment


Rehabilitation evaluation is performed by physical examination and tests using the following electrophysiological and exercise physiological equipment.
  • Electroencephalograph and electromyograph
  • 3D motion analysis system
  • Floor reaction force gauge
  • Foot pressure distribution meter
  • Stabilometer
  • Expired gas analyzer
  • Higher brain function tests
  • Thermography
  • Muscle strength dynamometer
  • Swallowing analyzer including a video endoscope


Equipment for training, nerve block therapy, electric/magnetic stimulation therapies, eating/swallowing training is available.
  1. Transcranial magnetic stimulation equipment
  2. Electric stimulation therapy equipment
  3. Infrared, microwave and laser photodynamic therapy equipment  
  4. Treadmill, ergometer and other exercise therapy equipment
  5. ADL training room
  6. Underwater walking training equipment

Medical care results

We have achieved treatment results in a wide range of medical areas.
  • Cerebrovascular diseases such as cerebral infarction and cerebral hemorrhage
  • Central nervous system diseases such as brain tumors and Parkinson's disease  
  • Higher brain dysfunction due to head injury from a traffic accident
  • Spinal cord tumors and spinal cord injury
  • Neuromuscular diseases such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, myositis and postpolio syndrome
  • Bone and joint diseases such as rheumatism, bone fractures and dismemberment
  • Respiratory diseases and cardiovascular diseases
  • Life style-related diseases such as diabetes
  • Disuse syndrome due to diseases and aging
  • Sports injuries
  • Nerve block to involuntary movements
  • Dysphagia