Shiju Kata/Goju Kata. How many shoulders do you have?
One day my mum started complaining about the shoulder. First she thought it was a stiff shoulder and asked me to give her some massage. But it didn´t get better. After a while she couldn´t lift the arm completely, it stopped a half way. Eventually she went to see a doctor and she was diagnosed as Goju Kata (五十肩).
Goju means 50 in Japanese. You may wonder why 50 and shoulder (肩/kata) but this is easy to explain. It´s because the problem starts in your 50s (or 40s). If this happens to you in your 40s, it´s called Shiju Kata and they are exactly the same illness.
Both Shiju Kata and Goju Kata are joint pain. As you age your tendon and the joint become stiffer. By some chance it gets worse and you are not able to move your shoulder. In general, all pain related to the shoulder joint is Goju Kata. Since this happens to the people after in their 40s. That´s why this illness is called "Shiju" and "Goju" Kata.
Not everyone suffers from this and the pain is totally depending on the person. My mum didn´t complain so much and it disappeared after while. But some seem to suffer from a lot of pain.
Goju Kata was already recognised in Edo period (江戸時代 1603-1868). The medical treatment wasn´t so advanced like now, if the patient was around 50 and the pain went away naturally after some time, the doctors diagnosed them as Goju Kata.
There are some medicines and stretch that might help to ease the pain. But once you have it, you just need to wait. The worst case of scenario, one year it will go away.
In case you believe in Shiatsu (指圧/acpuncture), here are the pints for Shuji Kata and Goju Kata.
The base of the toes where thick pink lines are is the point for the shoulders. They work when you have stiff shoulders.
Then below, the spots closer to the little toes are the spots you are looking for. If you have a doubt or you are diagnosed already, you can try to give those spots massage.
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