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Japanese Integrative Medicine

What is Japanese Integrative Medicine?

Japanese Integrative Medicine is a cumulative term to describe the different treatments that fall into this category

Japanese Physical Medicine

Japanese Physical Medicine incorporates a number of different skills, they are as follows:

Information accredited to The Chestnut Clinic who run Japanese Integrated Medicine Practitioner Courses

  • Anma: This is an integration of Acupressure & Shiatsu massage
  • Seitai: This is using a combination of massage (acupressure, soft tissue, manipulative) techniques to bring the spine back into alignment which in turn brings the body back to a state of harmony.
  • Sekkotsu: Traditional Japanese art of Bone Setting. This uses non-surgical methods of aligning broken bones.
  • Shindenjutsu: A technique involved in the correction of ligament imbalances of the joints
  • Ampuka: This is an intra-abdominal massage technique designed to promote healthy internal organs.
  • Kenkujutsu: This is cranial balancing. It brings balance to the head and spine.
  • Kappo: Sports & Martial Arts medicine

Japanese Acupuncture

There are key differences between Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture & Japanese Acupuncture, the main being:

  • The size of the needles: Japanese needles tend to be of a smaller gauge.
  • Depth of Insertion: They are inserted very superficially.
  • Touch as a means of Pre-Treatment: There is a lot of emphasis placed on palpation (touch) to determine the placement of the needle.
  • Less Qi Sensation: Traditional Chinese Acupuncture gives the patient a far greater Qi sensation during the treatment.
  • Moxa: Japanese Acupuncturists almost always includes moxa as part of their treatments.