A pilot study "Effects of Shiatsu in the Management of Fibromyalgia Symptoms: A Controlled Pilot Study" published by researchers at National University of Heath Sciences on treatment of fibromyalgia via Shiatsu in 2013. The report* has been published and reports positive findings:
After treatment, the SG** presented statistically significant differences (P < 0.5) for the change scores of all variables, except state anxiety, compared with the control group. Relative percentage changes were considered clinically relevant for visual analog scale (40.6%), pressure pain threshold (76.4%), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (34.4%), and Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (22.30%). No clinically relevant effects were observed for anxiety after treatment. No adverse effects were reported during the treatment, and about 94% of the patients demonstrated satisfaction with Shiatsu.
This is a great result for the thousands of sufferers, practice of Shiatsu and Chinese medicine.
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* Report abstract: http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(13)00103-6/abstract#!
** SG = Study group