The Tokyo Physio network now extends to several ski areas in Japan as well as Singapore and Malaysia. Tokyo Physio’s main office, located near Hiroo Station, has one wing for Pilates and massage and another for the physiotherapy side, as well as a small outdoor training area where they do more late-stage rehabs—what they call the “return to sport” phase, incorporating agility work and so on.
In the wintertime, the clinic expands dramatically to around fifty staff in branches in Niseko, Hakuba and other prime ski areas; each location has its own managing physiotherapist and other staff. These branches open in December and stay open as long as the ski lifts are running.
The physiotherapists at Tokyo Physio are specialists in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, and see around a hundred of them each year, primarily during the winter right off the slopes. Bevan Colless has presented at international conferences on ACL ruptures and ACL post-op management.
The clinic provides pediatric physiotherapy and orthopedic help for children, and nurses and PE teachers from the city’s international schools regularly refer patients to Tokyo Physio. The clinic’s physiotherapists will treat children at home, and also go to clients who are homebound because of a serious injury.
Three other facets set Tokyo Physio apart from any other physiotherapist in Tokyo:
- Its convenient and private online booking system allows you to log in, click on a particular therapist, select a time, and book and confirm an appointment within thirty seconds.
- The clinic’s popular home exercise program comes complete with a link to a personal webpage that lists the specific exercises for your particular injury—including reps and frequency—with explanatory photos and videos of each.
- An unusual treatment that uses a NASA-invented technology called Game Ready, an icing and compression machine seen on the sidelines at professional sports fields. The Game Ready’s icy water wraps provide pain relief and reduce the swelling quickly and dramatically, allowing the physiotherapists to start treatment sooner. Highly effective for treating damaged joints, especially injured knees, as well as post-op knees and ankles and shoulders.
Tokyo Physio accepts travel insurance and international insurance from all of the big international health insurers like CIGNA, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Alliance—if you have got international coverage you can make a claim—but not NHI. Travel insurance usually covers treatment at Tokyo Physio. The clinic needs a doctor’s referral, but can help you with that because they have good relationships with a number of doctors. Tokyo Physio is also happy to help you through the claim process.