It has been a long time since the word "rehabilitation" became widespread outside of the medical industry and the need for rehabilitation, especially for the elderly, was raised.
Until now, rehabilitation in Japan has developed in a way that has been confined to 'medical rehabilitation'.
It is inevitable that physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists have a long history of being "part of the medical profession, assisting in the practice of medicine" under the direction of a doctor.
However, the social structure of Japan continues to change and we are moving at the fastest pace towards an ageing society unlike any other in the world.
Against this background, the application of rehabilitation has been extended to include not only the medical field but also the nursing and preventive fields.
The concept of rehabilitation has come of age in a time when society needs rehabilitation in the broadest sense of the word.
Rehabilitation professionals have the potential to contribute to these three areas: medical care, which is becoming increasingly specialised; nursing care, which requires a more personalised approach to life; and health promotion, which is being promoted to prevent illness and nursing care.
We, the members of the Association, hereby declare that through our various projects we will educate rehabilitation professionals with knowledge of medical and nursing care to meet the needs of the wider society and contribute to solving social problems. I would like to take this opportunity to greet you.
Thank you for your continued support of the International Association for Integrative Rehabilitation.
International Association of Integrative Rehabilitation