Amatsu and Workplace Injury

January 8, 2016 Patrick No comments exist


How Amatsu can save you money and benefit your employees

A Summary from Harmony Amatsu Clinic

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Below is some information taken directly from the World Health Ordanisation’s publication on occupational health. To view the complete publication, click here >

  • There are two fundamental types of injuries

Acute and Painful– a strong and short-term heavy load leading to a sudden failure in structure and function i.e. Tearing a muscle due to a heavy lift

Chronic and Lingering– a permenant overload leading to continuously increasing pain and dysfunction

Chronic injuries resulting from long term loading may be disregarded and ignored by the worker because the injury may seemingly heal quickly and it may not result in an actual significant impairment.

  • In industrialised countries 1/3 of all health-related absences from work are due to musculoskeletal disorders.

  • 60 % of these are back injuries, then the neck/shoulder/arms, then the knee and hips

  • It is generally accepted that working conditions and worklload are important factors for the development and continuance of these disorders.

  • Disorders affecting muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments and bones are mainly caused by mechanical overload of the respective biological structures. Potential overload of tissues results from high intensity forces or torques acting on or inside the body.

  • The duration of exposure is an important factor in the development of musculoskeletal disorders. It may be determoned by the nuber of repetitions per unit time (e.g. Per day) as well as the total exposure time (e.g. Hours per day or per month).

  • Besides such types of occupational loading resulting from usual work-site conditions, musculoskeletal disorders can also be caused by unique, unforseen and unplanned situations. e.g. By accidents.

factors contributing to musk injuries

  • 2.3.2 Why are unfavourable postures harmful? The keeping up of a certain body posture demands high muscle force; acute overload and/or fatigue of muscles can, therefore, be the result.

  • During unfavourable body postures, high forces occur also in the skeletal system. This may lead to acute overloading and damage in skeletal structures.

  • For long-lasting activities with an inclined trunk, degenerative disorders, especially in the lumbar region, can arise if such work is executed over a period of many years.

  • 2.5.3 How can long-lasting loading be avoided?

      • Move instead of holding a static position

      • Strive for frequent change in body position

      • Strive for frequent upright positions from inclined positions

      • Stand up from time to time when working in a sitting position

      • Use tools for holding objects

Below is a graphic showing how our posture while working effects our musculoskeletal system.

People are starting to use phrases like Computer Neck Syndrome due to the number of clients suffering pain and injury from using computers/phone/tablets/laptops etc with poor posture.

posture and computers

The Graphic below shows how poor posture while driving places stress on certain areas(red ones)

reclined driver

Consider the amount of time you spend in the car, which is normally a restrictive and confined space, combine this with your working day at a desk and you begin to get a picture of the stresses that poor posture is putting on your body every day.

What Can Amatsu do to help this?

There are 4 steps to combating these kind of injuries

  1. Repair– Reverse/repair damage that has already been done with Amatsu treatments

  2. Education– why these injuries occur and how to avoid them

  3. Movement– the importance of how and what way we move when we do things

  4. Posture– the use of our musculoskeltal system as it was meant to be used

What is Amatsu?

Amatsu is a traditional Japanese therapy that uses gentle, non-invasive techniques to restore balance in the body’s musculoskeletal system. Amatsu is done fully clothed and is suitable for all people of all ages. Amatsu promotes natural non-tensioned movement and good posture which allows the body to naturally reset and heal itself. To learn more go to Harmony Amatsu Clinic’s website.

Why would I need Amatsu?

Under normal circumstances, the body resets itself after periods of poor posture or overuse. Sometimes the body gets “stuck” in a poor position and this overworks areas that can, over time, dysfunction or even fail completely. When the body is in a poor postural position for a prolonged period an adaptation may take place and the body adopts this poor posture as its default position. This will not re-set naturally and treatment will be required, an Amatsu treatment(also called a balance) is a great way to treat these adaptations because when you get an Amatsu treatment, your whole body is treated, not just the area of the symptoms

Why is that important?

Consider the graphic of the driver above. Due to poor posture while driving, excess tension is placed on the areas in red. If, for example, the excess tension in the lower leg/ankle caused the client to limp, they will naturally use the uninjured side of the body to compensate for the injured side. Left untreated, this will escilate as one side of the body works harder than the other. If this is not addressed and its allowed to continue to an adaptation, then the clients pelvis will tilt and rotate to stop the limp. The client then thinks all is ok and continues as before. In reality the injury has now become an adaptation as as the client continues with their daily taks the torsion of the pelvis causes the vertebrae of the spine to rotate which forces the shoulder girdle to counter rotate, finally in order to keep the body upright the head must tilt to maintain balance. The client has large tensions in place in the body and doesn’t realise it, they go to perform an innoculous task and the body cannot cope and the system fails and a major injury occurs, such a shoulder injury or a lower back injury. This is then treated but the initial problem, which is the lower leg/ankle is neglected.

Is Amatsu just for injuries?

No. The aim of an Amatsu treatment is to maintain balance in the musculoskeletal system. This, of course, is of great benefit to those with injuries, from recent to long term. As Amatsu treats the whole body it works as a “preventative maintenance”, helping to promote good posture and movement and removing excess tensions. This helps prevent adaptations and good joint care both of which have positive effects as we age. Maintenance treatments can be as little as twice a year or as regular as once a month.

Am I past helping?

Its never too late to begin improving your posture and movement and you will feel the benefits right away. If you have an injury, the length of time you have had it will be a factor in how long it takes to get rid of it.

Do I need to do anything in-between Amatsu treatments?

Yes. You must strive to correct your posture and movement, this is not something to be done for a brief period, but rather something you should consider doing from now on. Your therapist will ask you to walk regularly, to move, sit and stand in a more positive way and if you listen and follow their instructions, you will recover faster and really reap the benefits of an Amatsu treatment. You must remember that you are responsible for your own body, your Amatsu therapist can help but if you dont follow through, it may be a waste of your time and money.

If you want to learn more about Amatsu or Harmony Amatsu Clinic, please email and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.


In summary, a significant reduction in workplace injuries and as a result a reduction in the associated loss, can be achieved through a change in attitude and culture toward ergonomics and physical movement in the workplace. Amatsu offers to back that up by restoring functionality to the body and preventing both short and long term injuries. Forward thinking companies are investing in these processses to improve their employees work based lifestyle.

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