Journal of Shiatsu Society of Japan Vol.03 – 2014

Shiatsu Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

Masatoshi Miyashita


Abstract : With a view to relieving pain around the left shoulder joint and improving range of the left shoulder motion, a sixty year old female patient with frozen shoulder was treated by shiatsu. The treatment of twelve sessions resulted in removing the pain and improving the range of the joint motion. As for the range of motion, the difference between the left and right shoulders was eliminated. Increasing muscle flexibility by shiatsu therapy may have potential to ease pain and to improve range of joint motion.

Shiatsu Treatment for Presbycusis

Mayumi Aizawa


Abstract : Aiming at circulation improvement of the inner ear and the brain, shiatsu treatment procedures have traditionally been established for patients with headache and / or dizziness. Since it is experimentally known among shiatsu therapists that shiatsu affects the inner ear and the brain, the author has been interested in the influence of shiatsu treatment over audibility. This is a case report of a patient with presbycusis treated by shiatsu. As a result of the observation of blood pressure, pulse, body temperature and VAS (Visual Analog Scale) of hearing loss, a fall in systolic blood pressure and a raise in body temperature were significant, while decrease in value of VAS was not significant. Given that post-treatment VAS exhibited a declining trend and the patient’s response to beep sound of a sphygmomanometer was improved after shiatsu treatment, however, shiatsu treatment could be potentially contribute to the treatment of presbycusis.

Finger-Floor Distance (FFD) Changes Due to Shiatsu Treatment of the Posterior Crural Region

Kyoichi Hoshino, Munetaka Hibi, Hiroyuki Ishizuka


Abstract : Standing forward flexion changes due to shiatsu stimulation of various regions have been verified and reported. Building on the past results, we researched standing forward flexion changes due to shiatsu stimulation of the posterior crural region. The research was conducted on 21 healthy subjects, and standing forward flexion was significantly improved by shiatsu stimulation of the right and left posterior femoral region for 2’ 24’’ compared to the non-stimulation group. The analysis on marking of caput fibulae also indicated that shiatsu stimulation of the posterior crural region eases tense triceps surae muscle and improves flexibility.

Heart Rate Changes of Horses Due to Shiatsu Treatment to the Anterior Cervical Region

Tomochika Etou


Abstract : Observing heart rate of horses, we studied whether non-human mammal reacts to the shiatsu treatment in the same way as the human body does. As the result, the significant decrease in heart rate due to the shiatsu treatment to the anterior cervical region was observed. Since the results of past studies regarding shiatsu treatment including case reports are corresponding to the physiological mechanism of animals’ cataleptic freezing reaction, it leads to a hypothesis that the shiatsu treatment to the anterior cervical region aims to secrete glucocorticoid by stimulating HPA axis.

Changes to Near Point of Accommodation Due to Shiatsu Stimulation of the Facial Region

Shinpei Oki


Abstract : Considering value of near point of accommodation as an objective indicator of visual performance, we examined the effectiveness of shiatsu treatment applied to the facial region in improving visual performance. Research was conducted on seven healthy adults, and shiatsu treatment of the facial region was carried out according to the basic Namikoshi shiatsu procedure. The research showed that the post-stimulation average value of near point of accommodation was significantly decreased compared to the pre-stimulation average value in the stimulation group. As for the non-stimulation group, on the other hand, there was not significant difference in average value of near point of accommodation between the pre-stimulation and the post-stimulation. The result indicates that basic Namikoshi shiatsu treatment of the facial region is effective in improving visual performance.

Effectiveness of Shiatsu Treatment Against Numbness of the Lower Extremities

Yasutaka Kaneko


Abstract : Patients with a diagnosis of lumbar disc hernia often visit shiatsu clinics, and they experience reduction in symptoms after a several shiatsu sessions in many cases. The lumbar disc hernia diagnosed by imaging findings does not always relate to the symptoms. This is a case report of a patient diagnosed with lumbar spinal canal stenosis and serious lumbar disc hernia became mostly asymptomatic after three shiatsu sessions although the imaging showed little changes. Since muscle tightness and / or blood circulation disorder of the lower extremities may be neurologically causing the symptom, shiatsu treatment is worth trying for even a patient diagnosed with lumber disc hernia to ease the symptom.

Shiatsu Treatment for Facial Nerve Paralysis (Bell’s Palsy)

Hiroshi Ishihara, Tsutomu Nagai


Abstract : Facial nerve paralysis is a disease caused by various factors, and its definite treatment method is not established yet. It is also one of poor prognostic factors that the age of peak incidence of facial nerve paralysis is forties. This is a case report of a 93-year-old male patient treated with shiatsu and his symptoms was eased in three weeks although he had been diagnosed with facial nerve paralysis (Bell’s Palsy) requiring three months for recovery. The efficacy in terms of the improvement rate of the symptom and the patient safety were confirmed, and therefore shiatsu treatment potentially contributes to treat this disease.

Effect of Shiatsu on Dynamic Knee Joint Alignment Test

Ryo Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ishizuka


Abstract : According to some studies, many athletes have the impression that pregame shiatsu may cause undesirable muscle relaxation. We therefore studied the effects of shiatsu on muscle function by analyzing dynamic knee joint alignment. For this study, we defined the difference between the two extreme values of the dynamic knee joint alignment test as motion stability.Compared to the non-stimulus group, the stimulus group showed a significant difference in motion stability. This indicates that shiatsu produced effects not only on muscle function but also on the nervous system controlling muscle power output.This study showed just one aspect of the various potential effects that shiatsu possesses, including performance improvement and athletic rehabilitation, and will help to change athletes’ perspectives of shiatsu.

Prevention of Locomotive Syndrome – Trance Theoretical Model (TTM) for Physical Activity in Practice –

Kazuhiro Kurosawa


Abstract : Regular exercise is the most effective way to prevent locomotive syndrome. Here we discuss basic knowledge about locomotive syndrome and a psychological approach which encourages patients to exercise regularly.