Thursday, July 12, 2007
This presentation is part of : Initiatives in Alternative Medicine
A Japanese Folk Dance Prevents Urinary Incontinence and Promotes Health
Noriko Tsuchiya, Fuculty of Nursing, Interdisciplinary Graduate of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi, Chuo, Yamanshi, Japan
Learning Objective #1: People could promot health By dancing Japanese folk dance of Hanagasa Ondo with dumbbells in the hands once a day.
Learning Objective #2: People could possitively socialized to meet for dancing at the community center, even having heavy snowing in winter because of fun and healthy outcomes.

Purposes:  What kinds of health outcomes have gotten by Hanagasa Ondo?  How the dance would influence to the community health? Methods: 1.Design: Qualitative research by grounded theory 2. Techniques: @observationGassessing through their Hanagasa dancing withthe dumbbells. Ainterviewing; taking two hours interviews  on International Classification and Functions (ICF) memo noting. 3. Focus members; thirteen (1 man, and 12women) members who work in agriculture lands,A averaged age; 64.2(SD7.14), range; 55-79 y-old.BPlace and Time; the O city community center in Y prefecture in summer 2006. Ethical considerations: The researchers could get informed consent from the focus group. Outcomes: 1. Physical functions; Feeling healthy because decreasing joint pains of the knees and back, having healthy appetizers& good sleeping, preventing constipation & incontinence, and getting slowly weight controlled. 2. Daily activities; Doing house keeping activities well and agricultural daily works easily by healthy behaviors.  3 QOL with life satisfactions: Feelings pleasure through dancing, communicating with laugh. Mostly elderly would play dancing every day for 10 to 15 minutes in home. Observations: Dancing is designed by the nine different movements; stand on tiptoe mutually,  open and close one’s leg respectably, twist the west facing right and left, stretch forward and back steps mutually, walking right and left- handed,  raise up one’s knee alternately, turn the west clockwise/ counterclockwise, bend over and down the knee and bend over the west together with grasping 500g dumbbells in the hand movements. Conclusions: It is absolutely effective to prevent urinary incontinence due to strengthening not only the peripheral pelvis muscles, but stretching to the detrusor muscles simultaneously.  The dance has strengthened the peripheral knee muscle and back, as well. What factors do fit the incentives of continuing dancing? It could refer to have enjoyments and satisfactions with good health outcomes.