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Complement Ther Med. 2005 Mar;13(1):11-5.

The effects of shiatsu on post-term pregnancy.

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St. Michael's Hospital, United Bristol Healthcare Trust, Southwell St., Bristol BS2 8EG, UK. Jennifer.ingram@ubht.swest.nhs.uk

Abstract

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.

PMID:
15907673
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2004.12.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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