Journal of Shiatsu Society of Japan Vol.05 – 2016

Anti-stress effect of Shiatsu to the Anterior Cervical Region ―Study based on changes to salivary amylase secretion―

Tomochika Eto


Abstract : Past research has suggested that shiatsu to the anterior cervical region may stimulate secretion of anti-stress hormones. Building on this past research, this report examined effects of shiatsu to the anterior cervical region on salivary amylase secretion and heart rates of twelve healthy subjects. Contrary to our hypothesis, some subjects showed an increase in salivary amylase secretion while others showed a decrease, and salivary amylase secretion did not correlate with the decrease in heart rate. Five minutes after treatment, however, both salivary amylase secretion and heart rate significantly decreased. These results suggest that shiatsu to the anterior cervical region may decrease stress.
Keywords: shiatsu anterior cervical region, salvary amylase, heart rate, stress

Effects of Shiatsu Therapy on Lumbar Disc Herniation

Ryo Sasaki


Abstract : With the exception of some cases that may require surgery due to severity of the symptoms, conservative medical treatment is the usual approach used for lumbar disc herniation. However, not many conservative medical treatments are evidence-based.
Here we report on a case of lumbar disc herniation with severe symptoms that was treated with prescription analgesics and shiatsu therapy. Treatment resulted in a major improvement as measured on the Visual Analogue Scale and contributed to improving the patient’s quality of life.
Shiatsu therapy may control factors that amplify the pain of lumbar disc herniation, including reflex muscle tonus, sympathetic nervous system agitation, and psychological stress, which are exacerbated by severe acute-stage pain. This case suggests that shiatsu therapy may be a valuable treatment option among conservative medical treatments.
Keywords: lumbar disc herniation, pain, numbness, shiatsu, acute-stage shiatsu, conservative medical treatment for herniation

Shiatsu Therapy for a Patient with Inferred Greater Occipital Neuralgia

Shinpei Oki


Abstract : This report examines the case of a patient who received shiatsu treatments for inferred greater occipital neuralgia, complaining of pain across the left occipital, parietal, and frontal areas of his head. Following 18 shiatsu treatments focusing mainly on the cervical and upper extremity regions, the symptoms were relieved. This result is significant considering the expected increase in patients suffering from greater occipital neuralgia.
Keywords: shiatsu, greater occipital neuralgia

Shiatsu on a Patient with Type 2 Diabetes―Effect of Namikoshi Standard Full Body―

Tsuyoshi Honda


Abstract : Type 2 diabetes is classified as a lifestyle-related disease, and the number of diabetic and pre-diabetic patients has been increasing in recent years. This report examines the case of a patient diagnosed with type 2 diabetes seven years previously, who received ongoing Namikoshistandard full body shiatsu treatments. After 20 treatments, the patient’s hemoglobin A1c level (National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program) decreased by 0.5 percent compared to the first treatment. Further shiatsu treatment and monitoring is required for this case.
Keywords: Type 2 diabetes, hemoglobin A1c (National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program), Namikoshi standard full body shiatsu

Volunteer Shiatsu at Rekisen Marathon : Survey Report

Kyosuke Komatsu / Tsuyoshi Honda, Yasutaka Kaneko, Shinpei Oki


Abstract : The Forty-First Rekisen Marathon was held on November 29th, 2015 at Koishikawa, Bunkyo Ward. We participated as volunteer shiatsu therapists and surveyed 31 runners (24 males and 7 females) before and after treatment. The runners were asked to describe their level of fatigue and pain on a 100mm Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and circle the areas on abody diagram where they felt fatigue or pain. Volunteers from Japan Shiatsu College treated the runners with Namikoshi Standard Shiatsu for between 15 and 30 minutes depending on their chief complaint. All runners showed post-treatment improvement as measured by the Visual Analog Scale. Concerning the body area that the runners felt fatigue or pain, the top reply was the posterior region of the left thigh, and the second was the posterior region of the left lower leg. VAS improvement may have been due to increased muscle flexibility following shiatsu treatment.
Keywords: marathon, runner, survey, Visual Analog Scale, shiatsu

Patient-based Assessment for Shiatsu Treatment

Shinpei Oki


Abstract : Patient-based assessment, which evaluates subjective complaints in daily life, is useful for evaluating the effects of shiatsu treatment. Various organizations and associations are offering such evaluation tools, an d this report examines practical evaluation tools for clinical practice among the free resources available.
Keywords: shiatsu, subjective evaluation, patient-based assessment

Shiatsu Therapy for a Patient with Post-mastectomy Pain and Limited Shoulder Joint Range of Motion Caused by Total Mastectomy

Masatoshi Miyashita


Abstract : This report examines the case of a patient who received shiatsu treatments following total mastectomy of the left breast in the treatment of breast cancer. Following treatment, relief of postsurgical pain and improvement in the shoulder joint’s range of motion were observed. Pain was treated using standard Namikoshi shiatsu techniques such as fluid pressure and suction pressure applied to the skin, and the shoulder joint was treated using a combination of pressure applications and mobilizations. We conclude that in this patient, these shiatsu techniques helped to relieve postsurgical pain and improve the shoulder joint’s range of motion.
Keywords: breast cancer, skin, scar, shoulder joint range of motion, mastectomy, post-mastectomy neurogenic pain, shiatsu, mobilization

Effects of Shiatsu Therapy on the Cobb Angle of a Female Patient in Her Twenties with Scoliosis

Sanae Sakuta


Abstract : This report examines the case of a female patient in her twenties diagnosed with lumbar idiopathic levoscoliosis who received 93 shiatsu treatments between 2013 and 2016. Following treatment, the Cobb angle was improved from 69.6. to 62.3.Relief of subjective symptoms such as back pain and severe menstrual cramps was also observed. We concluded that reducing muscle tension with shiatsu treatment resulted in improved spinal mobility leading to correction of leg length difference, asymmetric pelvis, tilted ribs, and unaligned spine.
Keywords: shiatsu, scoliosis, Cobb angle, spine