How Shiatsu can help back pain

Back Pain

Do you ever suffer from a dull, constant ache in your lower back?

Or do you have burning tension in your upper back or neck?

Does a sudden, sharp pain make it hard to move?

Back pain is the main cause of long-term sickness in the UK, responsible for more than 15 million lost workdays in 2013. The most common causes are:

  • Strained muscles or ligaments
  • Wear and tear
  • Bad posture

Shiatsu can be very helpful in these situations, as it can relax and “re-educate” muscles, and release the physical or emotional blockages that are contributing to the pain.

Typical reasons for booking a Shiatsu treatment include:

  • For deep relaxation
  • To reduce stress
  • To gain relief from symptoms
  • For emotional support

How can Shiatsu support back pain?

Using touch, Shiatsu harmonises and stabilises the back so that it can let go of tension and the consequent pain. Treatment will revive and revitalise the area, reintegrating weak zones and improving the connection between different areas of the back.

You might be give a simple exercise to do at home. Where it is not possible to alleviate all the symptoms Shiatsu can help you tap into the emotional resources needed to cope with the situation.

How has Shiatsu helped some individuals?

Whilst you may be much helped by Shiatsu, each person will respond in different ways to the treatment.

Stephen Wilberg spent seven years crippled by back pain. “I think the cause was just wear and tear. I’ve always been in the bike trade and I think continually lifting heavy bikes had just taken its toll. It was really bad – I used to walk around hunched up. Anti-inflammatory drugs and osteopathy only even provided temporary solutions.”

Stephen visited a Shiatsu practitioner once a month for four months and was astounded by the results. “It’s not like other therapies, which just treat the damaged area. It goes from head to toe. The first time I went, I felt I could jump over a car when I came out, I felt that good. I’ve now been off painkillers for a long time.”

After two treatments and undertaking some recommended stretching exercises, his back pain had gone. He still attends monthly treatments for health maintenance and for what he calls top-ups.

Stephen Wilberg, South Shields.

The text for this article is taken from ‘Shiatsu and Back Pain’ leaflet produced by The Shiatsu Society www.shiatsusociety.org