Journal of Shiatsu Society of Japan Vol.01 – 2012

Shiatsu therapy for atopic dermatitis: a case report

Yasutaka Kaneko


Abstract : In terms of treatment for atopic dermatitis, symptomatic therapies are mainly provided for the patients. Aiming at relief of symptoms and quality-of-life improvement, Shiatsu therapy was practiced. As a result, improvements in Visual Analog Scale and changes in eczema lesion and accompanying symptoms were observed after seven sessions of Shiatsu therapy. Eczema lesion and pruritus are the most problematic symptoms of atopic dermatitits, and such symptoms tend to be reduced by maintaining general health. Effects of Shiatsu on autonomic nerve system and muscle hardness have also been reported. Therefore, it is suggested that Shiatsu therapy is potentially capable of relieving symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

Shiatsu treatment for mastitis: a case report

Masatoshi Miyashita

Abstract : From June 29 to July 1, 2011, two sessions of Shiatsu treatment were conducted for a patient of stagnation mastitis. Shiatsu was practiced on her papillae, areolae, and outer rims of papillae, and consequently the patency was acquired. This case suggested the effectiveness of Shiatsu treatment for stagnation mastitis.

Variation in respiratory quotient by Shiatsu on anterior cervical region

Tomochika Etou, Masasuke Kuwamori

Abstract :To study the effect of Shiatsu therapy on the metabolism, we conducted a trial about variation in respiratory quotient comparing Shiatsu stimulus group versus non-stimulus group using an analysis system of expired gas. The analysis of variance resulted that variation over time was significant in Shiatsu stimulus group. Meanwhile, significant variation was not observed in the control group. The multiple comparison of the experimental group also indicated that the respiratory quotient was significantly decreased at the points of 45 seconds and 60 seconds after Shiatsu, comparing at the point of zero second (before Shiatsu stimulus). As a result, it was observed that the respiratory quotient was significantly decreased by Shiatsu on the anterior cervical region.

Discussion about postural analysis and measurement of joint motion utilizing free software

Kazuhiro Kurosawa

Abstract : For the development of Shiatsu in medicine, accumulation of evidences is crucial. Assessing the clinical condition of a patient objectively and accurately as much as possible, keeping track of its progress, and recording it are important. Solely the patient’s satisfaction and the fact of a cure are incomplete. Among the needs for Shiatsu treatment, locomotory problems make up relatively large number of complaints. Maintaining poor posture adds extra stress and strain to joints and muscles, and it may result in pain or discomfort. Accurate analysis of the patient’s posture allows a therapist to presume his/her muscle balance – which muscles are stretched/shortened. Taking this opportunity, I would like to discuss postural analysis utilizing digital camera and GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).

Shiatsu treatments and chief complaints at the evacuation center

Hironori Tsukiashi, Yukiko Nakamori, Nobuto Sugawara, Mitsuyo Takimoto

Abstract :After the Tohoku Earthquake, we supported evacuees with Shiatsu treatment at a primary evacuation center of Azuma Sports Park, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture (the number of evacuees of the day; 633) for two days from May 11 to May 12, 2011. We conducted hearing survey of chief complaints from 181 evacuees and treated them with a twenty-minute session of Shiatsu therapy. Chief complaints of the 181 evacuees living there consisted of problems of shoulders; 78, lower back; 35, legs; 23, neck; 20, arms; 13, back; 6; and other problems including eyestrain, gastritis, and fatigue; 6. Contrary to our expectation that mainly their chief complaints would be about lower back and legs, the number of evacuees complaining about strains and stiffness of shoulders was actually more than double that of lower back. We also questioned them about the chief complaints after the Shiatsu treatments and confirmed that they were abated.

Recognition of Shiatsu in the field of beach football: a survey report

Hiroyuki Ishizuka

Abstract : Anma (Japanese traditional massage), massage, and Shiatsu are becoming widespread also in the field of sports these days. Such therapies are getting familiarized among not only top athletes but also general sports-loving people, and it indicates the growing demands in this field for Anma, massage, and Shiatsu. Through my experiences as practicing Shiatsu in the field of sports, I had become to wonder if few athletes recognized advantageous effects of Shiatsu such as pre-exercise conditioning and performance improvement. Therefore, we conducted a survey regarding the recognition about effects of pre-exercise Shiatsu over two years (in 2008 and 2009) taking opportunities of extracurricular volunteering activities of Japan Shiatsu College in the field of sports, specifically beach football, over the last four years. As a result, the recognition about effects of pre-exercise Shiatsu was low, and most of athletes had no experiences of Shiatsu before exercises. The results suggested that the wide range of effects from Anma, massage, and Shiatsu treatments were not well known in the field of sports, and it is necessary for licensed practitioners of Anma, massage, and Shiatsu to widen their appeal in this field and to spread the awareness of such effects. The more active they are, the more needs for Anma, massage, and Shiatsu are expected in the field of sports.

Shiatsu treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease: a case report

Hironori Tsukiashi

Abstract :This is a case report regarding a patient of Osgood-Schlatter disease treated with Shiatsu therapy. By releasing tensed periarticular muscles of the hip and knee joints, Shiatsu treatment in this case resulted in pain relief.

Survey by questionnaire about volunteer Shiatsu at Tokyo Yumemai Marathon : a survey report

Tomochika Etou, Masatoshi Miyashita, Hiroyuki Ishizuka, Nobuyuki Mitsudome

Abstract : We conducted a survey in the form of a questionnaire inquiring degree of pain before and after Shiatsu treatment using VAS (Visual Analogue Scale), which was 100 mm (= 100 points) in length. The questionnaire was A4 size, double-sided printing, and answered at the Kagurazaka Station of 12th Tokyo Yumemai Marathon (at the point of 33.892 km). The respondents were also asked to mark up fatigued and/or painful areas on illustrations of the questionnaire. As a result, about the degree of fatigue or pain described in VAS, 133 answered “decreased”, three answered “increased”, and two answered “remain the same” out of the 138 respondents. The average VAS score of the cases “decreased” was 38 points and “increased” was 28 points. Regarding the fatigued and/or painful areas, the top answer was the posterior region of left lower leg, and the second was the posterior region of right lower leg.

Shiatsu treatment for scapulohumeral periarthritis: a case report

Kazuto Kaneko

Abstract :Aiming at releasing tension of muscles consisting rotator cuff and periarticular muscles in order to alleviate the pain and improve the range of joint motion, Shiatsu treatment was provided for a patient of scapulohumeral periarthritis. After seven sessions of Shiatsu treatment, the range of joint motion was consequently improved. This case suggested the potential of Shiatsu treatment to improve flexibility and the decreased range of joint motion caused by scapulohumeral periarthritis.

Approach to lower-extremity lymphedema with Shiatsu and Földi method complex physical therapy: a case report

Yukiko Nakamori

Abstract : A patient of lower-extremity lymphedema, caused by extensive hysterectomy for treatment of uterine cervical cancer, was treated with combined application of Shiatsu therapy and Földi method complex physical therapy. Assessment of changes in circumference and volume of both lower-extremities based on seven reference points indicated decreases in all values. The result suggested the potential of treatments combined medical manual lymphatic drainage and Shiatsu therapy to alleviate the symptoms of secondary lymphedema and its concomitant symptoms.