Effectiveness of the Massage
The employment of shiatsu and acupressure has been discovered
to be beneficial in relieving pain and sickness in the following
In 1986, 142 car factory workers with chronic lumbar pain were
treated with acupressure everyday for 21 days on points along
the spine, back and front of legs. 68 percent were cured, 29
percent of patients displayed noticeable improvements, while
3.5 percent did not have a noticeable change. Improved sleep
was also experienced by the people who have undergone the treatment.
Head ache pains were treated through shiatsu according to a
24 month study reported in Current Psychiatric Therapy in 1977.
The acupressure or shiatsu techniques were identified as the
main treatment for the pain of migraine, tension headaches and
allergy of more than 500 neuropsychiatric outpatients. By that,
the treatment replaced outpatient prescriptions for analgesics
and stronger medications.
The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, in 1982, reported
that various methods, including acupressure, were helpful in
the elderly’s general health improvement and longevity
Shiatsu is an accepted and approved therapy in Japan and it
is gaining in acceptance either as an alternative or complementary
therapy in the west.