Judo Therapist: Learn about Judo Therapists

What is a Judo Therapist?

What is a Judo Therapist?

"Judo Therapist" - While we do not hear this term often, a "judo therapist" has an important role in supporting our daily lives. As the name suggests, this treatment method has origins in "Judo". The therapist uses a method called judo therapy to heal our bodies.
As an occupation, the judo therapist must have a national qualification issued under the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's certified occupation.
A "judo therapist" exclusively treats external injuries related to bones and joints, including fractures, sprains and dislocations at a therapy center called "Honetsugi", "Sekkotsuin" or "Seikotsuin" (Japanese for orthopedic clinic).

The history of judo therapy can be traced back more than 1,000 years, but it has only been about 80 years since judo therapists were approved in Japan.
Initially, therapists were certified with a qualification exam. However, training of judo therapists with school training was started in 1951, and a licensing policy was enacted. The Judo Therapist Law was enacted in 1970, and stipulations related to acquiring qualifications and the details of duties, etc., were clearly laid out. The Judo Therapist Law was greatly revised in 1989, and the system was shifted to a national test.

Presently, judo therapists can be found in various fields including sekkotsuin and seikotsuin, as well as in medical institutions such as hospitals, and working as sports trainers at gyms.