Sports and Chiropractic

By on September 10, 2014
Among the people who come to see me for chiropractic treatment are professional athletes with needs to be in tip top condition all the time.

Many of these athletes go for chiropractic care not only for prevention from injuries but to speed up recovery as well. Some of them come for regular body maintenance for peak performance. The focus of our treatment is in restoring the body’s functional integrity and stability through the nervous system by means of drug-free chiropractic manipulation. Improving mobility and flexibility, reducing risk of injury, joint and muscle pain, stress and so on,  are just but some of the many benefits that make Chiropractic treatment a sough-after remedy by athletes and generally people engaged in sports.

For the very first time, chiropractic care was officially offered to athletes in the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as a part of a multi-disciplinary team at the polyclinic. The US team alone sent over 100 chiropractors to London outside of those assigned at the polyclinic. Jamaican record sprinter Usain Bolt had also received chiropractic care. It’s becoming more and more common to see chiropractors working with athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Dr. Kei Takeyachi, Director of Tokyo Chiropractic

In the recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil, the American, Italian and Brazilian teams were assigned official chiropractors each. A famous Italian pro-soccer team, AC Milan, has also introduced chiropractic at its interdisciplinary scientific research center ‘MilanLab’ to provide technological support in the health management of its professional athletes.

This manual therapy technique has surely come a long way since it was founded in 1890. We are looking forward to seeing more chiropractors participating in the polyclinic in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.Several famous athletes competing at the National Sports Festival of Japan, also known as ‘Kokutai’, have already experienced and understood its importance to their performance.




Currently, a national chiropractic organization, the Japanese Association of Chiropractors (JAC), and a sports chiropractic organization, the Japanese Federation of Chiropractic Sportive (J-FOCS), train sports chiropractic specialists that can contribute in a multi-disciplinary team with other health care practitioners including medical doctors.

1) If you are looking for a registered chiropractor in your area, please contact the JAC.

Japanese Association of Chiropractic (JAC)
This organization represents national chiropractic profession and the only member of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO) as NGO.

2) If your sports team needs a sports chiropractic specialist who can support your team, please contact the J-FOCS.

Japanese Federation of Chiropractic Sportive (J-FOCS)
This organization represents sports chiropractic profession in Japan and supports athletes at local and international sport events.

3) Alternatively you can search for a registered chiropractor from the internet list of a registration body, the Japan Chiropractic Registers (JCR). The JCR registers qualified chiropractors who completed the chiropractic education which meets the World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

Japan Chiropractic Registers (JCR)
This registration board is qualifying chiropractors who meet the international educational standards set out by the WHO (World Health Organization) until such time as an official registration board is established by the Japanese government.

About Dr. Kei Takeyachi

RMIT University School of Chiropractic (BAppSc, BCSc), 2002, Victoria State, Australia Registered Chiropractor, 2003, Integrative Medicine Japan Certified Chiropractor, 2009, Member, Japanese Association of Chiropractors, 2003, Vice President, Asia Pacific Chiropractic Doctors Federation, 2007, Executive Director, Japanese Association of Chiropractors, 2009-2013, Asia-Pacific Region Council Member, International Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 2009, President, Japanese Association of Chiropractors, 2013 Dr. Kei Takeyachi may be reached at Tokyo Chiropractic,