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November 10, 2020 Uncategorized

Niseko Chiropractic is now back in Okinawa and accepting consultations until the 18th of November.


If you would like to make an appointment with an Australian trained and Japanese registered and insured  English speaking Chiropractor you can do so on the link below.

Niseko Chiropractic is currently operating from just near the sea wall in Sunabe. For those that can’t make it this visit we will be back from the 10th of December.

You can book online at



October 12, 2020 Uncategorized

Is Niseko open for tourism this season ?

Niseko Chiropractic hike to the crater on Mount Yotei (1898 metres ).


Well we finally have some degree of certainty for Niseko’s 2020/21 ski Season.

Sadly the word from the Japanese government is that Japan will be closed for international tourism until April 2021. Source:

There is some opening of borders under the ” Business track system ” for business travel from limited countries such as South Korea and Singapore but you will still have to undergo a mandatory 14 days quarantine and 2 rounds of Covid testing so getting here is going to no easy feat even for those with a vaild business reason to travel.

I think we can be be fairly certain on the April timeframe too.

Japan has expressed an iron clad determination to see the rescheduled  July 2021 Olympic games take place and they will need open borders weeks to months before this event if it is going to be success.

If you are yet to see Niseko in Spring and Summer I urge you to consider making here up here in the green season during the 2021 warmer months.

For those that can manage to get to Niseko this Winter it will no doubt be unforgettable. For those that can’t us local riders are committed to shredding the Pow in your absence (its the least we can do )  and will do our best to find pick off the fresh lines.

Some more info on resorts is below.

Niseko Resort announce lift operations


We also now have some certainly regarding lift operations.

Annupuri resort will be open from the 28th of November and Honazono and Grand Hirafu wil be open from the 5th of December.

Lifts at Honazono will be operating as normal and I suspect Annupuri. Grand Hirafu has some cancelations to minor lift status and you can see more information on the link below

There has also been some changes in the shuttle this year so anybody looking at booking lower Hirafu should check that they are happy walking up the ski lifts.

Crazy deal on Moiwa season passes

There is also a great deal on all mountain passes for Moiwa for just 35,000 Yen for a full seasons unlimited pass. The deadline for these is the 31st of October

Update to Business hours this week

If any locals wish to book in with Niseko Chiropractic this week I have Some options business hours this week.

If you would like to book a session click on the button below


August 3, 2020 Uncategorized

Where do we stiffen up ?


It’s no surprise to you dear reader that our flexibility and range of motion decreased in our spine as we age but there is not as much published research as you would think as to where this occurs within the spine, particularly in the normal population.


In a great new study published in Springer Nature the authors looked at 600 people that did not report significant neck pain and they examined what individual segments we actually loose range of motion in our necks as we age.

What they found was pretty interesting. The older you get the more range of motion you loose in the lower part of your neck but the upper part where the spine joins the base of the skull remains pretty mobile your entire life. This is reassuring both for patients and therapists that the range of motion in our upper joints stays pretty good.

You an see the differences clearly in the graphs below


The other thing that surprised me was how linear the loss was up until about age 70 where after that it actually slows down a bit. I would have guessed that the most marked loss of range of motion would have been in the last decade of the graph.

Just a reminder that Niseko Chiropractic will be available for mobile locals consultations over the summer and also at the  ” Studio ” powder yoga’s newest premises.

To make an appointment with Brent Verco please click on the link below


If you would like to read the full study you can do so on the link below




July 28, 2020 Uncategorized

Consulting from Powder Yoga every Tuesday

Niseko Chiropractic is now consulting from ” The studio ” a great little space in Kutchan located just 4 doors up from the sprout cafe.

If you would prefer your treatments not to be mobile based this is a great chance to get a relaxing treatment in the heart of Kutchan.

Brent will be consulting all day tuesdays and other times by prior arrangement. Please be mindful of the Powder Yoga teaching schedule which is subject to change.

If you would like to make an appointment with an Australian university trained English speaking chiropractor you can do so on the link below




January 18, 2020 Uncategorized0

Amazing conditions today

It’s great to be busy in business. But one of the downsides of living and working in Niseko is whilst you  watch these amazing conditions from the work window is you can look but not touch.

But not today. Today Niseko Chiropractic was able to get some great slides with bluebird conditions on the back of the mega dump that came on the 17th of January.

To be fair it was not so much a powder day but the snow quality at the moment is just superb for getting out there and throwing down some nice carve turns. Beginners were also enjoying the nice conditions and it is certainly a lot easier to learn when the snow grips so well under your feet.

With moderate snow forecast again on Monday and Tuesday we should see some classic Niseko conditions return after what has been a slower season that previous years.

If you need a mid season tune up or wish to book one of our mobile sports massages right here in Niseko, Annupuri or  Rusutsu  we would love to be able to help.

You can book online for Niseko Chiropractic and we can come to you at


January 17, 2020 Uncategorized0

Rusutsu Chiropractic now open for business

Just a reminder that Niseko Chiropractic is now available for consultations within the Rusutsu resort area. As this is an increased distance from our usual treatment area there is an additional 2,000 Yen charge for extra travel but this can be waived if 2 or more consultations are booked.

If you would like to book an English speaking Chiropractor during your stay in the Rusutsu resort complex please go to


January 2, 2020 Uncategorized0

Niseko Chiropractic now open longer 7 days a week.

Just a courtesy message to let all our previous and future clients know that Niseko Chiropractic is now open full time to assist you with quality mobile Chiropracic and sports massage over the 2019/2020 season.

We are open 7 days a week and due to an interest in later evening appointments have now increased our opening hours to 10pm. Actually it suits us better this way and has allowed us to enjoy a few more checky early morning slides on this great new year powder.

To book online go to



January 1, 2020 Uncategorized0

A blizzardy start to 2020

Well the snow drought has finally broken for 2019 and Niseko was greeted by a huge snow storm to break in 2020.

Whilst the snow is here so is the wind so it’s likely that some lift operations will be slowed or even suspended for the new year.

If you are looking for something to do of the slopes don’t forget to check out


Wishing all past and future clients of Niseko Chiropractic a safe and prosperous 2020



July 19, 2019 Uncategorized0

Strider cup 2019 in Niseko

With the Niseko classic cycling race now well behind us Niseko was treated to the true sporting highlight of our 2019 summer. The Niseko strider cup or perhaps as it’s coming to be known the Strider international.

Whilst training our 4 year old consisted of mainly toilet training, teaching him not to get his tongue stuck in the electric window and wearing pants in public places it’s clear that some parents are well ahead of the curve, busy sculpting the minds and bodies of their finely honed racing toddlers.

Some of these kids are quick. Real quick and it looks like the training throughout the winter with special Strider snow tires made a difference in those crucial few seconds that separates winners and losers.

Others are just getting started in their competitive careers choosing to do the circuit in reverse but either way a great day was by all and it was an honor to be part of a true community event like this to just get out there and have some old fashioned fun.

Nothing brings the world closer like hurling kids on bikes without brakes down a ski slope in matching active wear. Niseko delivered again with a great injury free day on the slopes for all with plenty of Japanese food tents and some added dancing and entertainment for the kids.

In the end of there can only be one winner and the 5-6 year old category proved just how good some of these kids are, whizzing by the traffic cones with millimeters to spare as they judged each corners entry and exit like a formula one driver.

Even you have not experienced a Strider cup add it to your 2020 events dairy. You will not be disappointed.

If anybody would like to book an appointment this week during evening hours you can do so on the link below


May 28, 2019 Uncategorized0


Change in Summer trading hours for Niseko Chiropractic

Brent will be assisting a friend with some house maintenance work over the next few quieter summer months.

As a result Niseko Chiropractic will be now be extending opening hours over both Saturday and Sundays and into the evenings on all week and closing availability over Monday to Friday over the 9am to 3pm time slots.

Apologies to anybody that this temporary change puts out but most of our clients seem to prefer the weekend and evening slots anyway so hoping this temporary change does not cause any inconvenience.

You can see and book Niseko Chiropractic online in real time on the link below


April 19, 2019 Uncategorized0

New research shows positive benefit for yoga in the ageing population

Yoga has been practised for centuries as a way to maximise our function and increase our health but western research is finally beginning to catch up with ancient art.

A recent met-analysis published in the  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Showed great benefits across 22 randomised controlled studies looking into the possible health benefits of yoga. This paper is significant as it was the first review that looked at yoga as a practise in health populations rather than just for significant conditions.

What was really interesting is that yoga was shown to be of significant benefit not just to compared to doing nothing ( well dah ! ) but also to other exercise forms and meditative exercises such as gentle walking or aerobics etc.

Benefits were found not just for things like balance but also mild depression and increasing lower limb strength and guarding against falls and also things like sleep quality (often a problem in older individuals) and other mental health variables.

So you are considering doing yoga this summer in Niseko into your senior years now would be a great time to consider it. Marika from Niseko Ashtanga yoga would be a place for getting started in your yoga game in Niseko. Powder yoga with Kanami also runs at the Aya hotel over the winter season.

You can see her timetable on her facebook page below


You can see the full study published below







April 18, 2019 Uncategorized0

Niseko Chiropractic is very excited to learn that Qantas will launch new direct seasonal flights between Sydney and Sapporo next season. This will make getting to Niseko from Australia that much easier for families that wish to experience some of the worlds best powder.

No excuses not to ski Niseko

To coincide with the peak ski season, Qantas will fly three times per week to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between 16 December 2019 and 28 March 2020. The flights will be operated with Qantas’ upgraded Airbus A330 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route over this period.

This is great news and will be a significant boost to the Niseko economy.

Hope to see you here later this year. If you do need an english speaking Chiropractor for Chiropractic or sports massage here in Niseko I hope you can keep Niseko Chiropractic in your mind.


April 15, 2019 Uncategorized0

An important meta-analysis was just published in the British Medical association sports jornal. The authors addressed the important question of when one should start rehab after surgery.

Just how early should one start rehab exercises after repair of tear ?

Like all themes on Niseko Chiropractics blog. It depends.

Age is going to play after as well as wear the tear is located. Because much of the meniscus has a poor supply it may take a little longer before it’s safer to move. Generally speaking the deeper the tear within the meniscus  the longer you may wish to wait to allow more healing.

All meniscus tears are not created equal. Here is a run down of the type of tears that can occur and be corrected surgically.


The longitudinal tears on the outside in a young athlete are going to be able to be rehabed fairly quickly whilst a deep bucket handle tear in an older inactive person is going to need longer.

The take home message from the study that looked at 17 other studies is that the traditional approach of a conservative window may not be backed by evidence of risk and some studies showed more favourable results by getting moving early with some studies prescribing weighted range of motion exercises within 3 days of your surgery.

The implications from the study is that getting moving earlier than previously thought may be the better approach although at some point there is going to be a risk/ benefit playoff and that is going to vary based on a your own personal circumstances.

Ff you are going to have surgery make sure you discuss and understand what type of tear you have and how it will be repaired. Ideally get this in writing from the surgeon. Then ask them for their guidance with your unique situation.

Lastly find a good rehab provider that is going to be able to assist you in getting active as soon as possible.

You can find a link to the full article below

If you would like to make a year round appointment with an English speaking chiropractor in Niseko you can book online on the link below





April 1, 2019 Uncategorized0

Get fit this Spring in Niseko

With the powder snow well behind us and yet the snow still covering most of the mountains many of us find this period a bit of lull point where we can be tempted to get a bit lazy.

There is some still some great opportunities for snow showing around Niseko with some great beginner hikes from the leaving from the Goshiki Onsen just behind Annupuri. So get out there and enjoy some of the magic views around Niseko.

Just a few hours walking each week has significant effects on your mental and physical health and also has been shown to improve sleep and even be a good treatment for mild to moderate depression. So strap on and get busy.

Be safe in Niseko

Just remember that if you are heading into the back country at any time you need to be prepared. Always take a friend, have somebody know your plans, take plenty of warm clothing and take adequate food and water supplies as well as asses avalanche risk.


Goshiki Onsen can be seen below and is also a great place to unwind afterwards !



Five things not to miss in Niseko

I can’t help feeling a little proud of where I have chose to call home. It’s hard not to want to play tour guide sometimes but thankfully I do get asked what people should try and and see whilst they are here.

This is only a start but if you do visit Niseko here are 5 things in no particular order that I would try and see whilst you are this beautiful part of the world. All these places can be accessed in both winter and summer.


March 18, 2019 Uncategorized0

Important research from the British medical journal for Chronic low back Pain

Niseko Chiropractic would like to share some important new research published in the British medical Journal that may be of interest for those with Chronic low back pain.

The researches conducted whats known as a meta-analysis where they review a lot of published studies to try to increase the power of many research studies combined.

What they found when considering Spinal Manipulative Therapy ( SMT ) is that its as good as any other intervention out there ( such as exercises/ mobilisations ) etc and may even be the first line of choice when you consider its effects on function rather than just measuring pain.

This is important.

The recent trend in the literature and medical media focusing on the importance of more active care protocols ( exercises etc ) has in Niseko Chiropractic’s view led to the possibility of the pendulum swinging too far away from manual therapy. Some of this has been driven by the ” pain science ” movement which seeks to emphasize the importance psychological factors in how we interpret pain. A very valid and important concept but we as clinics run the risk of not addressing a structural problem because we are focusing too broadly.

In a nutshell this research suggests it’s worth considering SMT as a front line modality of choice for Chronic lower back pain, particularly if your goal is increased function rather than reduced pain. That’s not so say that exercises and active care are not important, they are and they certainly part of Niseko Chiropractic’s approach but I hope studies like this will go some way to informing clinicians on the best management path.


If you are interested you can read the full study here

If you would to schedule an appointment with an english speaking Chiropractor in Niseko please click the link below.




March 13, 2019 Uncategorized0

Niseko see’s some fresh pow !


Some very nice fresh powder is falling today. This will be one of the last opportunities to enjoy some fresh lines this season in Niseko.

Hope you can get amongst it.

If you would like to book a mobile session with an english speaking chiropractor or get a sports massage whilst you are here in Niseko you can book online at







March 3, 2019 Uncategorized0

Niseko Chiropractic takes a hike

If there is a silver lining to the shorter Niseko season this year this is it.

Just some breathtaking bluebird days in here at the moment with the now holding up pretty nicely and the groomers just softening nicely in the early spring sun.

We took the time to hike the summit for the first time this season and were rewarded with spectacular views and calm winds. Definitely a great time to be on the mountain this week.



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