Research Activity

Research activity

Active research in different and various subjects takes place at the Department of Physiotherapy at Ariel University.

The following is a list of senior faculty of the Department of Physiotherapy and a summary of their research and academic activities:

Dr. Springer is a physiotherapist who heads the  Neuromuscular & Human performance laboratory  at Ariel University

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Primary Research Interests:

  • Gait, pathology, and gait motion disorders

  • Use of electric stimulation to move paralyzed limbs

  • The therapeutic effects of electric stimulation on walking

  • The effect of functional electric stimulations on the gait of people with various orthopedic injuries.

  • Studies dealing with optimization of pulse characteristics

  • The relationship of cognitive and behavioral factors to motor performance, particularly while walking.

Prof. Jacob is a physiotherapist dealing with research in three primary areas – physiotherapy education, physiotherapy services, and assessment of quality of life conditions for polio sufferers.

Primary Research Interests:

  • On the subject of physiotherapy education:
    • Assessment of stress awareness among physiotherapy students

    • Assessment of the preparedness of bachelor’s students for work in the field

    • Assessment of physiotherapy student positions toward a specific patient population
  • On the subject of physiotherapy services:
    • Implementation of the ICF model in Israel’s rehabilitation industry

    • The legal description of physiotherapy services in Israel

    • The vision of the national manager of the physiotherapy service in Israel

    • Control and supervision of physiotherapy services in Israel

    • Accessibility and quality of the physiotherapy service in Israel

    • Inculcation of ethical tools in the physiotherapy service in Israel

    • Strengths and weaknesses of the physiotherapy services in Israel

  • On the subject of polio sufferers’ quality of life:
    • Quality of life among adult polio sufferers

    • Later health problems among polio suffers

Professor Lotan is a physiotherapist who primarily researches the field of treatment for people with developmental cognitive dysfunction (mental retardation), with emphasis on Rett syndrome. Prof. Lotan is considered a world expert in this field.

Primary Research Interests:

  1.  Snoezelen – a multi-sensory treatment method developed for people with developmental mental challenges. Dr. Lotan is due to publish a book on this subject which will describe projects conducted in this field in Israel.

  2. Physical activity of people with intellectual developmental disabilities and unique methods of  activation and benefit to this population.

  3. Prevention and amendment of deviations in the spine (scoliosis, kyphosis) using unique intervention plans.

  4. Use of virtual reality as a modern tool to attain motivation and cooperation of people with intellectual developmental disabilities in a way that will enable high levels of physical activity.

  5. Pain assessment, training treating staff on how to assess suitable levels of pain and construct treatment protocols for pain in people with intellectual developmental disabilities.

  6. Quality assessment of cushions to prevent pressure sores

  7. Autism and physiotherapy

  8. Ethics in work with people with intellectual developmental disabilities.

Dr. Kozol is a physiotherapist primarily dealing with the study of motion control and weight balance. He is in charge of Kinesiology, biomechanics, and gait assessment lab at Ariel University.

Primary Research Interests:

  • Kinesiology

  • Biomechanics

  • Assessment of normal and pathological gait

  • Development of initial working model for assessment of motor functioning following a stroke

  • Activity of the back muscle when a person rises from a sideways reclining position to a sedentary position

  • Movement defects of patients with orthopedic problems in the lower limbs

  • Ergonomic studies

  • Development of device for the assessment and practice of the movement time in an open space for post-stroke patients.

Dr. Rabin is a physiotherapist dealing with clinical work in the field of skeletal/muscular rehabilitation. He studies various aspects of this field.

Primary Research Interests:

  • Allocation of patients with lower back pain to treatments with a high success rate, including lumbar stabilization, indicatory treatment, or lumbar manipulation

  • Validation of clinical trials to identify a pattern of defective motion in patients with frontal knee pain.

  • Development of examination technique to identify the extent of a defect in shoulder blade movement on shoulder pain.

  • Risk factors for injuries among soldiers

  • Risk factors for injuries among athletes

Prof. Einstein is a physiotherapist dealing with basic science in the field of neurology and neuroimmunology. She is the head of the physical activity and nervous system laboratory at Ariel University

Primary Research Interests:

  • Basic science studies (work with biological models on animals)
    • Degenerative disease of the central nervous system
    • Physical activity and diseases of the central nervous system
    • Physical activity and the model for sclerosis in mice

Master’s students in physiotherapy can participate in lab studies after following after passing proper training for work with animals.

Dr. Elion is a physiotherapist dealing with the field of functioning and learning of motor skills and weight distribution in virtual reality and real world environments among a healthy population and a population that has suffered injury to the central nervous system. She has served in her past as a physiotherapist, lab operator, and virtual reality researcher at the Sheba Medical Center.

Primary Research Interests:

  • Processes of learning specialized motor skills (willful)

  • Process of learning weight balance

  • Effect of the environment on the learning process of motor skills

  • Effect of dual tasking on the learning process of motor skills

  • The effect of dual tasking and attention on weight balance, stability, and functioning

  • Utilization of virtual reality technology to treat defects in weight balance and stability

  • Utilization of technology to assess weight balance and functioning

Dr. Silvi Frenkel-Toledo is a physiotherapist who heads the Brain and Motor Behaviour Laboratory at Ariel University

Primary Research Interests:

  • Sensorimotor recovery & Neurorehabilitation
  • Lesion-behaviour analyses such as Voxel-based lesion–symptom mapping
  • Transcranial Electrical Stimulation
  • Electrophysiological markers

Dr. Ben-Ami is engaged in research in three main areas: musculoskeletal pain, especially low back pain and chronic pain, women’s health, with emphasis on pelvic floor rehabilitation and communication skills.

Primary Research Interests:

1. Integrated Model (Enhanced Transtheoretical Model Intervention – ETMI) for the treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain and musculoskeletal pain, through Increasing Motivation and Capability for daily recreational physical activity

2. Psychological-behavioral aspects of musculoskeletal pain management

3. Low back pain treatment with STarT Back and STarT MSK approaches

4. Influence of Clinicians beliefs and perceptions, on the treatment of low back pain and chronic musculoskeletal pain

5. Communication skills assessment tool

6. The use of abdominal ultrasound to treat and study effective pelvic floor contraction

Dr. Azmon is engaged in research in two main areas:

1. Physical & Cognitive functioning in old people with Type 2 Diabetes.

2. Health Promotion among health providers, students and caregivers.

Primary Research Interests:

  1. The Association between Glucose Control and Functional Indices in Older People with Diabetes.
  2. A technology-based model for physical capacity (gait-speed, balance and aerobic) measurement in older people with diabetes.
  3. The effect of a healthy lifestyle and empowerment training program for caregivers’ providers on their lifestyle and the lifestyle of the people they work with.

 

 

Research activity

Dr. Raphaely-Beer is a physiotherapist primarily dealing with the study of Autonomic nerve system  control and Influence in different  fields of physiotherapy.

Primary Research Interests:

  • Autonomic nerve system control
  • Autonomic nerve systems a tool for treatment and improving co treatment
  • physiotherapy education
  • Assessment of stress among physiotherapy student.
  • Massage therapy
  • Measure and assessment among physiotherapy students

Cooperation guided by students together with instructors for other master’s degree programs at the university

In addition to research projects that students will be offered under the instruction of faculty members form the Department of Physiotherapy, students will be given the opportunity to conduct research projects in collaboration with instructors for master’s degree programs at the Departments of Behavioural Science, Health Management, and Economics and Business Management at the university. Supervision of the projects will be done through cooperation between an instructor from the Department of Physiotherapy and an instructor from the other department.

Cooperation guided by students with instructors from the Master’s program in Behavioral Science

The importance of the biopsychological model in all areas of physiotherapy treatment has grown increasingly over the past decades, including in the areas of pediatrics, musculoskeletal treatment, rehabilitation, geriatrics, and more. Physiotherapy master’s degree students can conduct research projects that combine social-psychological areas of physiotherapy with instruction by an instructor from the Department of Behavioral Science in collaboration with an instructor from the Department of Physiotherapy.

Cooperation guided by students with instructors from the Master’s program in Business Management (MBA) – the Department of Economics and Business Management and the Department of Health Management.

Many physiotherapists serve in management positions in the clinical field. Students in the physiotherapy master’s program interested in conducting a research project related to the field of management in physiotherapy can be supervised by an instructor from the Department of Economics and Business Management or an instructor from the Department of Health Management in collaboration with an instructor from the Department of Physiotherapy.