RIHM seeks to improve the physical and social well-being of those in our community through human movement research, education & service.
Dr. Maury Hayashida (DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS) had the initial vision of starting a charitable organization 10 years ago as he opened his own private practice. National healthcare was trending toward declining access to quality care and those who couldn’t afford the higher costs were becoming marginalized. At the same time the traditional model of healthcare was not addressing movement-related problems efficiently or effectively–a recipe that has lead to sky-rocketing orthopedic costs and unnecessary surgical procedures. All this lead Maury to consider an alternative model for implementing movement health and educating the public about its effect on quality life and health.
In recent years Dr. Hayashida has been adjunct teaching at Westmont College in the Kinesiology Department. Through interaction with faculty and students, the concept of integrating research, education, and service to community came to life. The need for clinical research in the movement sciences combined with motivated student encounters launched the birth of RIHM.
The partnership between undergraduate and post-graduate researchers along with clinicians working in the community forms the vision for RIHM. This vision is to raise both the medical community’s and general community’s understanding of human movement quality and its role in keeping people healthy, active, and performing optimally at all levels of life. To this end, RIHM is investing in the future by developing researchers and clinicians who will invest in the local community by putting the best clinical research into action across all socio-economic barriers.
1 ) EDUCATION:
We educate our volunteers, participants, fellow researchers, and professionals through sharing both human movement research, and testimonials of persons affected by impaired movement/pain.
- RIHM believes education is a never-ending process for those endeavoring to excel in their field. The research process is an education in itself for the researcher and student alike. Researchers will consist of RIHM’s own staff, undergraduate Kinesiology students, professional clinicians, post-doctorate residents/fellows and college professors.
- Through testimonials of individuals from the Olympic level, to every-day citizens of every age, RIHM strives to inspire others through a web of stories of individuals who have had their lives deeply affected by movement.
2 ) RESEARCH:
We produce quality human movement research in order to influence our community in real, applicable ways. In this process, we further the kinesiological (human movement) field, by publishing our research in reputable, peer-reviewed journals. We also make our findings accessible to the public through our website, in terms everyone can understand about how to apply the research to their every-day lives.
- RIHM provides a platform for movement professionals and clinicians to collaborate with local researchers, college professors and post-doctoral residents/fellows to conduct and publish original quality research. We involve students in internships in both the research process and in producing online content to educate the public about how to move better to reduce pain, and increase performance.
- RIHM supports the research all the way through to publication in top-level, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Through this kind of research and publication, RIHM strives to be a leader in establishing an evidence-based approach to addressing our nation’s movement disorders/injuries which most effects our quality of life.
3) SERVICE :
Through funding and generous gifts from those both in our community, our community service component enables specialists to provide movement health services to those who don’t have access.
- The purpose of RIHM’s research is so that it can be applied to the community. RIHM believes that human movement is the basis for human quality of life and performance. RIHM will provide funding and organization for local clinicians to apply best-evidence practice in treating community residents presenting with movement based impairments that threaten their quality of life or performance at work.