Evidence-Based Shiatsu Acupressure Therapy For Pain Management

Updated: Apr 10

Shiatsu therapy is a fully clothed Japanese Medicinal Acupressure massage treatment, aimed to prevent and cure pain by stimulating the body’s natural powers of recuperation, eliminating fatigue and for promoting general good health.

One of the most common indications for Shiatsu is neck and back pain.9,10 Shiatsu may be effective for angina,11 burns,12 and post-term pregnancy.13 Moreover, internal medicine problems, such as worsening cardiac conditions or hypertension, might be mitigated by Shiatsu therapy.1 In addition to the physical effects of Shiatsu, psychological improvements have been reported.14 One study reported that adjunct treatment with Shiatsu may clinically improve schizophrenia.15

Multiple research studies[2] have found that Shiatsu correlates with improvements to:
Back and muscle pain
Menopausal symptoms
Digestive problems
High blood pressure

Shiatsu treatments over a five-week period lowered cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine in blood levels”

In addition, some Shiatsu treatment studies have shown clinically beneficial shifts in stress hormones, as well as an improvement in sleep and activation of the immune system. [4] Initial research into the well-being concerns of cancer and palliative care patients receiving Shiatsu in an out-patient clinic has indicated positive results.[5]

An independent, cross-country evaluation of the benefits of Shiatsu in the United Kingdom, commissioned by the European Shiatsu Federation and led by a team of researchers at the University of Leeds UK, found that over a six-month period between 84% and 87% of participating Shiatsu clients felt that Shiatsu had been effective in treating their symptoms.

“overall total sickness absence from paid employment dropped by at least 50%”

Based on the experiences of 948 Shiatsu clients in the UK, Austria and Spain, this same study reported a healthier workforce with reduced sickness absenteeism. Additionally, according to the study, a high proportion of clients made positive lifestyle changes taking increased rest, relaxation and exercise.[6]

The initial Shiatsu diagnostic palpation is the hara palpation on the tummy, to evaluate your structural, mental, emotional, physical and bioenergetic balance while the next step in any Shiatsu Functional Therapy assessment usually includes palpation of the wrist pulses at 6 different locations on the radial artery, as well as areas of pain/tension, and the affected meridians—electro magnetic energy pathways that help coordinate the work of the organs and keep the body balanced by regulating its functions. From this pulse diagnosis the practitioner can assess the health and harmony blood, the hara, the meridians.

Shiatsu therapy is aimed to prevent and cure illness by stimulating the body’s natural powers of recuperation, and returns the body to homeostasis-which is in itself the condition by which all the body may heal. In addition, Shiatsu therapy is not only a localized treatment, which would have temporal effects but is also whole-body treatment.
  • Shiatsu for chronic lower back pain: Randomized controlled study

By Daiki Kobayashiabc, Takuro Shimbod, Hana Hayashie, Osamu Takahashi

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965229919302778 •This is the first randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of Shiatsu for lower back pain.

•The efficacy was evaluated with well-validated scores for lower back pain and disability.

Shiatsu therapy improves both symptoms and Quality Of Life shortly after Shiatsu therapy. Try the benefits of Shiatsu Massage Therapy for Pain management call or text Ruth on 0448043652 or Book an appointment online.
  • Effects of Shiatsu in the Management of Fibromyalgia Symptoms: A Controlled Pilot Study

Susan L.K. Yuan, MSc Ana, A. Berssaneti, PhD, Amelia P. Marques, PhD

Published:July 08, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.05.019

This pilot study showed the potential of Shiatsu in the improvement of pain intensity, pressure pain threshold, sleep quality, and symptoms impact on health of patients with fibromyalgia. The proposed Shiatsu treatment protocol was feasible and well accepted by the patients.

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