The effects of shiatsu on post-term pregnancy

Complement Ther Med. 2005 Mar;13(1):11-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2004.12.004.


Objectives: To evaluate the effects of shiatsu techniques, as taught by hospital midwives, on the progress of post-term labours and deliveries, to inform practice.

Design and setting: A pilot audit on the use of shiatsu for post-term pregnancy at St. Michael's Hospital, Bristol, from March to July 2000.

Interventions: Sixty-six women, who attended a consultant clinic hospital appointment at 40 weeks gestation, were taught the massage techniques by one midwife, who had completed the shiatsu course. Seventy-six comparison women were those who attended similar clinics when the midwife was not on duty.

Outcomes: The audit extracted outcome information from the Stork hospital database including induction, type of delivery, length of labour and analgesia used.

Results: Post-term women who used shiatsu were significantly more likely to labour spontaneously than those who did not (p=0.038). Of those who had used shiatsu, 17% more went into spontaneous labour compared to those who were not taught shiatsu.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupressure*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Labor Onset*
  • Male
  • Midwifery / methods
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Prolonged*
  • Time Factors