‘Judo therapy’: Martial art with healing power | Malay Mail

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TOKYO, July 19 — Judo is known for its killer throws and lightning-fast grappling moves but the sport has a lesser-known application popular in Japan: the ancient healing art of “judo therapy.” Over its decades-long history, judo has branched into two areas. The “sappo” or “kill...

Hiroyuki Mitsuhashi, an executive at the Japan Judo Therapist Association, treats a rugby player at his clinic in Tokyo. — AFP pic

Judokas use their knowledge of how joints, limbs and muscles move to defeat opponents but in “kappo”, therapists attempt to speed up the body’s natural healing mechanism to treat injuries that do not require surgery or hospital treatment. Travel agent Yoshie Takahashi, 59, broke her right wrist in early January. She went to hospital but later X-rays showed her treatment had failed to align the fracture properly.

“I think more patient-focused. They are well-educated and explain things fully until you understand,” she said.As well as treating injuries, judo therapists are also finding a niche in keeping Japan’s ageing population fit and healthy in the country’s super-aged society, where more than 28 per cent of people are 65 and older.

For some three decades, Kasuya has taught modified versions of a low-intensity exercise with slow movements, using a breathing technique similar to the Chinese practice of Tai Chi.

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