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There is research into shiatsu happening around the world...

Single-blind, randomised, pilot study combining shiatsu and amitriptyline in refractory primary headaches

Veronica Villani, Luca Prosperino, Fulvio Palombini, Francesco Orzi, Giuliano Sette

Published in Neuralogical Sciences 2017, online 10 March 2017 Copyright Springer-Verlag Italia 2017

"This article presents the findings from a single-blind, randomised trial investigating the effect of combining shiatsu plus amitriptyline for patients with refractory headaches. Although the combination did not provide any additive/synergistic effect, the shiatsu was superior to amitriptyline in reducing the number of pain killers taken per month. There was no safety concern for shiatsu (alone or in combination)." [Conclusion]

Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Tuina for Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing Tuina with a No-Intervention Waiting List

Daniel Pach, Mike Piper, Fabian Lotz, Thomas Reinhold, Mirja Dombrowski,Yinghui Chang, Susanne Bl√∂dt, Gabriele Rotter,  Katja Icke,1 and Claudia M. Witt

Published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, October 2017

"An additional treatment with six tuina sessions over 3 weeks was effective, safe and relatively cost-effective for patients with chronic neck pain. A future trial should compare tuina to other best care options." [Abstract Conclusion]

Relieving pressure - An evaluation of shiatsu treatments for cancer and palliative care patients in an NHS setting

Neil Browne, Fernando Cabo, Donatella Gabrielli, Rumiko Ishii, Diego Robirosa, Rita Serra

Published in European Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 8, Issue 4, August 2016, pp 589-590

"Anxiety, stress management and pain scores were the most improved, on average, by two points on the Likert scale. Patients have stated that 'being listened to' and 'being heard were important factors when describing how Shiatsu had helped." [Conclusion]

Zen Shiatsu: A Longitudinal Case Study measuring Stress Reduction in a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Angela Burke

Published in International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2014 pp 23-28

"Zen Shiatsu, a Japanese modality based on traditional Chinese medicine, provided meaningful and positive benefits for a child with autism. This case study offers preliminary evidence for the possibility of Zen Shiatsu providing a viable complementary therapy for alleviating stress in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, thereby potentially improving the overall health-related quality of life." [Conclusion]

Hand self-shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain: a pilot study

Cary A Brown, Geoff Bostick, Leisa Bellmore, Dilesha Kumanayaka

Published in Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 12, Issue 2, March 2014, pp 94-101

"These preliminary findings are promising and future studies exploring the mechanism of action and with stronger control of treatment fidelity are indicated." [Summary Conclusion]

Effects of Shiatsu in the Management of Fibromyalgia Symptoms: A Controlled Pilot Study

Susan LK  Yuan MSc, Ana A Berssaneti PhD, Amelia P Marques PhD

Published in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Vol. 36, Issue 7, September 2013 pp 436-443

"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." [Abstract Conclusion]

Delivering shiatsu in a primary care setting: Benefits and challenges

Zoe M Pirie, Nick J Fox, Nigel J Mathers

Published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 18, Issue 1, February 2012 pp 37-42

"Findings of this single case study suggest that shiatsu is highly valued by patients and GPs, recommending further research into its cost and clinical effectiveness." p. 41

Evidence Reports of Anma-Massage-Shiatsu 2011:
18 Randomised Controlled Trials of Japan

Project for the Systematic Review of the Efficacy, Safety and Efficiency of Traditional East Asian Medicine

R Fuji, A Ogata, H Tsukayama, T Tokutake (University of Tsukuba), K Tsutan (University of Tokyo)

A typology of negative responses: A case study of shiatsu

Andrew F Long, Lisa Edmond, Seamus Connolly

Published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Volume 17, Issue 3, June 2009, pp 168-175

"633 clients provided full follow-up data, a response rate of 67%. A prevalence rate of 12–22 per 100 of client-perceived ‘negative responses’ was found across the three countries. Transitional effects accounted for 82% of all the client-described ‘negative’ responses. Nine clients (1.4% of the total), relating to 10 sets of written comments, reported a negative response that was classified as ‘a potentially adverse event or effect’ that might represent a risk to client safety. None of these clients ceased shiatsu." [Summary Results]

The Effects and Experience of Shiatsu: A Cross-European Study

Andrew F Long

School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, December 2007

Collected Reports of The Shiatsu Therapy Research Lab 1998-2012

Japan Shiatsu College

The Effects of Shiatsu on Lower Back Pain

Linda H Brady, Kathryn Henry, James F Luth, Kimberley K Casper-Bruett

"... a study of 66 individuals complaining of lower pain. Each individual was measured on state/trait anxiety and pain level before and after four shiatsu treatments. Each subject was then called 2 days following each treatment and asked to quantify the level of pain. Both pain and anxiety decreased significantly over time... These subjects would recommend shiatsu massage for others suffering from lower back pain..." [Abstract]

What do shiatsu practitioners treat? A nationwide survey

PE Harris, N Pooley

Published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol. 6, Issue 1, March 1998, pp 30-35

"It was concluded that efficacy research in shiatsu should focus on musculoskeletal and psychological problems particularly neck/shoulder and lower back problems, arthritis, depression, stress and anxiety." [Summary Conclusion]


Emma Strapps & Dr Jennifer Hunter

Published in Pointers 2017

Part 1 - Who are we?

Part 2 - Who comes for shiatsu?

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