Tokyo, Japan (01:50)
Tokyo is the most populated urban area in the world. Most sumo schools (heyas) are located in the Ryogoku district; the first sumo fights occurred over 2,000 years ago. Sumo became a martial art in the 8th century.
Dewanoumi's Heya (03:49)
Therapist and osteopath Tomoyuki Inui cares for the 40 wrestlers that live in this heya. Bernard Fontanille meets wrestler Isano Tora who discusses the role of medicine in wrestling. Inui treats a wrestler with shoulder pain.
Caring for Sumotori (03:30)
Inui explains how he became involved with sumo and discusses treating the mental and physical health of a wrestler. Wrestlers aspire to reach the rank of yokozuna.
Sumo Training (04:59)
Sumotori practice for four hours a day, six days a week and consume 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day as part of their training. After meals, sumo wrestlers rest while their bodies process calories. Tora discusses the mental fortitude of sumo wrestlers; he aspires to be a yokozuna.
Chinese Medicine and Osteopathy (04:28)
In addition to treating sumotori at the Dewanoumi heya, Inui treats patients in a clinic. He treats a patient experiencing with sciatic nerve pain and discusses the difficulty of treating patients of a larger size. Inui believes we should not hide symptoms with medication.
Treating Mind and Body (02:16)
Inui considers the biggest difference between treating sumo wrestlers and other patients. He treats a patient experiencing numbness in his right hand and muscle tension in his left arm. Professional sumo tournaments occur every two months; injuries can immediately affect ranking.
Health Risks (04:07)
Former sumo champion Ukushi wrestled for nine years before becoming a cook; he lost 60 kilos. Inui discusses the death of a wrestler who reached the rank of Ozeki and health problems many sumo wrestlers face. Japanese culinary culture is changing.
Credits: Japan: Sumo Secrets—World Medicine (00:30)
Credits: Japan: Sumo Secrets—World Medicine
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