Poster Presentation

Hand self-Shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain: A pilot study

INCAM Research Symposium, 2016

Link: https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jcim.ahead-of-print/jcim-2016-0102/jcim-2016-0102.xml?format=INT

Research Study – Co-Investigator

Hand self-Shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain: A pilot study.

Brown, C. a, Bostick, G., Bellmore, L., & Kumanayaka, D. (2014). Hand self-Shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain: a pilot study. Journal of integrative medicine, 12(2), 94-101.

This study, involving a case-series design in which participants acted as their own controls, looks at the outcome of teaching patients with musculoskeletal pain and self-reported sleep disturbances standardized pre-bedtime hand self-Shiatsu (HSS) to reduce sleep latency.

Sleep efficiency, latency and maintenance, sleep beliefs, pain intensity and basic participant demographics were collected at baseline with actigraphy and standardized self-report questionnaires. Participants were taught HSS after one-week of baseline data collection and asked to perform it nightly. Follow-up data were collected at 2 and 8 weeks post-intervention.

While data collected at baseline, 2 and 8-week follow-ups revealed no definitive changes in objective actigraphy data, there were trends towards subjective improvements in sleep latency and duration. HSS may hold potential as a cost-effective, non-pharmacological self-management intervention for sleep deficiencies in persons with chronic pain.

The full study can be found at:

http://www.jcimjournal.com/jim/FullText2.aspx?articleID=S2095-4964(14)60010-8

Poster Presentation

The use of shiatsu and massage in managing stress for Alzheimer’s clients and caregivers

Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference 2011

The objectives were to assess the value of natural health practices in easing stress, anxiety and agitation in persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or related Dementia while evaluating the potential to enhance their relationships with their care-partners through shiatsu massage and to consider the value of self-shiatsu as a solution to stress in care-partners.

This study involved a literature review as well as a questionnaire developed for care-partners to gather qualitative data.

Results suggest there is evidence to support consideration of non-pharmacological interventions such as massage, acupressure and shiatsu as beneficial and cost-effective strategies in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Self-shiatsu could provide a suitable solution to the challenges of easing care-partner stress. In addition, teaching care-partners how to do a short shiatsu massage on those with Alzheimer’s may reduce stress and anxiety, decrease the frequency and severity of behavioural symptoms and provide both parties with a meaningful way to interact.

Research Article

CAHC Classification System – a progressive approach

Antony Porcino, Leisa Bellmore, Lori Choma, Tony Corak, Shirley Desborough, Matthew van der Giessen, Tom Lefaive, Colleen MacDougall, Shirly Ann Richards 

Other Articles

Numerous articles have been published in magazines and journals on such topics as hand self-Shiatsu for sleep, stress management, self-care, injury prevention and volunteerism.


2016

  • November 2016, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; Stress and the Artist: The Art of Living Well with Stress
  • October 2016, American Massage Therapy Association National Convention, Milwaukee, U.S.A.: Shiatsu Therapy for the Effective Treatment of Migraine
  • October 2016, Wellspring Cancer Support Network, Toronto, Canada: Sleep Easy When You’re Back at Work
  • September 2016, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto, Canada: Get a Handle on Stress
  • September 2016, International Shiatsu Congress, London, U.K.: Shiatsu in the Care of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia
  • September 2016, International Shiatsu Congress, London, U.K.: Shiatsu Therapy for the Effective Treatment of Migraine
  • July 2016, Fringe Festival, Toronto, Canada: Tools for Enhancing Your Creative Practice
  • June 2016, Wellspring Cancer Support Network, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands – Self-Care for Stress Management
  • June 2016, Australian Association of Massage Therapists National Conference, Brisbane, Australia: Collaborative Care for Chronic Conditions
  • May 2016, Australian Association of Massage Therapists National Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia: Keynote: Hand Self-Shiatsu for Sleep Problems in Persons with Chronic Pain
  • May 2016, Australian Association of Massage Therapists National Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia: Controlling Chronic Pain with Shiatsu Therapy
  • May 2016, Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia National Conference, Mornington Peninsula, Australia: Lecture: Finding the Way Forward
  • May 2016, Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia National Conference, Mornington Peninsula, Australia: Collaborative Care for Chronic Pain
  • May 2016, Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia National Conference, Mornington Peninsula, Australia: The Potential of Shiatsu for Neurological Conditions 
  • April 2016, Artists’ Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Staying Healthy on the Road
  • April 2016, Soundstreams, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands – Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • February 2016, STAF, Toronto, Canada: Balance Your Money & Your Mind

2015

  • November 2015, Artists’ Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Fighting Fatigue
  • November 2015, Wellspring, Toronto, Canada: Sleep Easy: Relieving Insomnia with Self-Shiatsu
  • November 2015, UHN Memory Clinic Caregiver Education Day, Toronto, Canada: Stress-Relieving Strategies for Care-Partners and People with Alzheimer’s 
  • September 2015, Providence Healthcare, Toronto, Canada: Managing Stress in Changing Times – Stress-Relieving Strategies for People with Alzheimer’s and Care-Partners
  • September 2015, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto, Canada: Get a Handle on Stress
  • August 2015, Paradisius Rio del Oro, Holguin, Cuba: Su Salud en sus Manos – El Arte del Manejo del Estrés (in Spanish)
  • July 2015, Summer Institute of Church Music, Whitby, Canada: Healthy Body – Healthy Song
  • May 2015, Toronto Western Hospital Wellness Centre, Toronto, Canada: Sleep Easy: Relieving Insomnia with Self-Shiatsu and Other Self-Care Strategies 
  • May 2015, Artists Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Self-Shiatsu for Migraines
  • March 2015, Artists Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • March 2015, Performing Arts Medicine Association, Toronto, Canada: Improving Sleep for Optimal Performance
  • February 2015 Artists Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Sleep Easy: Relieving Insomnia with Self-Shiatsu

2014

  • November 2014, Artists Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Controlling Your Chronic Pain
  • September 2014, ACTRA Annual Members Conference, Toronto, Canada: Discussion on Concussion
  • September 2014, Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto, Canada: Stress Happens!
  • September 2014, East York Meals on Wheels Program, East York, Canada: Sleep Easy: Relieving Insomnia with Self-Shiatsu
  • August 2014, Sol Río de Luna y Mares, Guardalavaca, Cuba: Su Salud en sus Manos: El Arte del Manejo del Estrés
  • July 2014, Complementary Health Seminars, Melbourne, Australia: Shiatsu for the Treatment of Low Back Pain (webinar)
  • July 2014, Providence Healthcare Annual Caregiver Wellness Day, Toronto, Canada: Managing Chronic Conditions
  • June 2014, Complementary Health Seminars, Melbourne, Australia: Shiatsu for the Treatment of Headache (webinar)
  • May 2014, Ronald McDonald House, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • May 2014, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada: The Art of Stress Management
  • April 2014, Complementary Health Seminars, Melbourne, Australia: Integrating Shiatsu into your Massage Practice (webinar)
  • March 2014, Providence Healthcare, Toronto, Canada: Sleep Easy: Relieving Insomnia with Self-Shiatsu
  • February 2014, Canadian Pain Society Annual Educational Conference, Toronto, Canada: Expert Panel on Headache
  • January 2014, Ronald McDonald House, Toronto, Canada: Take-Away Care: Tips for Stress Management
  • January 2014, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Etobicoke, Ontario: The Art of Stress Management

2013

  • November 2013, Lakeshore Arts, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: The Art of Stress Management
  • November 2013, Arts Etobicoke, Etobicoke, Canada: Sleep Easy: Relieving Insomnia with Self-Shiatsu
  • September 2013, Providence Healthcare Annual Caregiver Wellness Day, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • June 2013, Australian Association of Massage Therapists, Melbourne, Australia: Evidence for the Treatment of Migraine Headache with Shiatsu Therapy
  • May 2013, Annual National Conference of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists, Adelaide, Australia: Shiatsu Therapy for the Effective Treatment of Migraine Headache
  • May 2013, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Annual National Conference, Calgary, Alberta: Collaborative Care for Chronic Conditions
  • May 2013, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Annual National Conference, Calgary, Alberta: Relieving Insomnia with Shiatsu Therapy
  • April 2013, Artists’ Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Sleep Easy – Relieving Insomnia with Self-Shiatsu
  • March 2013, Providence Healthcare, Toronto, Canada: Managing Stress in Changing Times: Stress Relieving Strategies for People with Alzheimer’s and Partners-in-Care
  • March 2013, Arts Etobicoke, Etobicoke, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • February 2013, Artists Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Controlling Your Chronic Pain

2012

  • December 2012, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta: Self-Shiatsu Hand Massage to Promote Sleep Efficiency in Persons with Chronic Pain
  • October 2012, Artists Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • August 2012, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada: Panel Discussion on Headaches & Migraines
  • April 2012, Alpha-1 Canada Annual Patient Education Conference, Toronto, Canada: Minimize Your Stress, Maximize Your Health
  • April 2012, Manulife Investments, Toronto, Canada: Managing Migraines with Self-Shiatsu
  • April 2012, Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • March 2012, Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, Toronto, Canada: Self-Shiatsu for Migraines
  • February 2012, PAONE (Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education), Toronto, Canada: Stress Management

2011

  • November 2011, TAPA (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts), Toronto, Canada: Managing Stress Roundtable
  • November 2011, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada National Workshop Series, Regina, Saskatoon: Shiatsu Therapy for the Effective Treatment of Migraines
  • November 2011, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada National Workshop Series, Edmonton, Alberta: Shiatsu Therapy for the Effective Treatment of Migraines
  • November 2011, Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • April 2011, Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, Toronto, Canada: Your Health in Your Hands: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • March 2011, 26th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference, Toronto, Canada: Poster Presentation: The use of shiatsu & massage in managing stress in Alzheimer’s clients and caregivers
  • February 2011, Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, Toronto, Canada: Sleep Easy – Relieving Insomnia with Self-Shiatsu

2010

  • December 2010, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada National Workshop Series, Calgary, Alberta: Shiatsu Therapy for the Effective Treatment of Migraines
  • September 2010, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Perth County, Stratford, Canada: Managing Stress in Changing Times: Stress Relieving Strategies for People with Alzheimer’s and Partners-in-Care
  • June 2010, Ronald McDonald House Toronto, Toronto, Canada: Self-Care Strategies for Stress Management
  • May 2010, Studio for Movement, Toronto, Canada: Self-Shiatsu for Common Conditions
  • April 2010, Gordon Graydon MSS, Toronto, Canada: Self-Shiatsu for Stress Relief
  • March 2010, Studio for Movement, Toronto, Canada: Managing Stress with Self-Shiatsu
  • February 2010, Studio for Movement, Toronto, Canada: Self-Shiatsu for Common Conditions
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