Analysis of cases applying shiatsu massage for nursing care
Tamura, Ayako The University of Tokushima Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
Kuwamura, Yumi The University of Tokushima Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
Morimoto, Tadaoki The University of Tokushima Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
Shiatsu massage is one of the common therapeutic methods in oriental medicine, and is considered to be useful for supporting conventional medicine. However, there has been little evidence for its effects. In this report, papers dealing with the application of shiatsu massage to nursing care are extracted from literature, in order to clarify the effects and problems of this method as a nursing care.
Papers containing studies of shiatsu massage by nurses as a nursing care were extracted from literature by using the Japan Centra Revuo Medicina (WEB issue, version 3), and those published during 10 years from 1993 to 2003 were analyzed. It was found that the relaxation effects by shiatsu massage were reported for various symptoms. Among these, 10 papers were analyzed in detail, which described the effects on relief of the following symptoms ; dysphasia (constipation) (5 papers), nausea and vomiting at cancer chemotherapy (3 papers), pain from cancer (1 paper), and edema generated after lymphadenectomy (1 paper).
It was found from these papers that shiatsu massage is effective for patients who have positive thinking to this therapy. On the other hand, the necessity of further experiments was indicated because of the lack of common methods and effects in this therapy ; for example, position, force, frequency, etc., should be optimized.
The Journal of Nursing Investigation
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