Effects of Foot-Reflexology Massage on Fatigue, Stress and Postpartum Depression in Postpartum Women

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Effects of Foot-Reflexology Massage on Fatigue, Stress and Postpartum Depression in Postpartum Women

Abstract

Purpose: To identify the effects of foot reflexology massage on fatigue, stress and depression of postpartum women.

Methods: A nonequivalent control group pre-post design was used. A total of 70 women in a postpartum care center were recruited and were assigned to the experimental group (35) or control group (35). Foot reflexology massage was provided to the experimental group once a day for three days. Data were collected before and after the intervention program which was carried out from December, 2013 to February, 2014. Data were analyzed using Chi-square test, Fisher’s exact test, and t-test.

Results: The level of fatigue in the experimental group was significantly lower than the control group (t=-2.74, p=.008). The level of cortisol in the urine of women in the experimental group was significantly lower than the control group (t=-2.19, p=.032). The level of depression in the experimental group was significantly lower than the control group (t=-3.00, p=.004).

Conclusion: The results show that the foot reflexology massage is an effective nursing intervention to relieve fatigue, stress, and depression for postpartum women.

Keywords: Cortisone; Fatigue; Foot; Massage; Postpartum depression.

Citation:

Choi MS, Lee EJ. [Effects of Foot-Reflexology Massage on Fatigue, Stress and Postpartum Depression in Postpartum Women]. J Korean Acad Nurs. 2015 Aug;45(4):587-94. Korean. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2015.45.4.587. PMID: 26364533.

The conclusion of this research paper in Greek

The purpose of this section is to make this research paper useful to Greek speaking reflexologists. This is a tool developed by the Center of Reflexology and Research (Κέντρο Ρεφλεξολογίας και Έρευνας) in Greece and supervised volunteers from across the world.

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Τα αποτελέσματα δείχνουν ότι η πελματιαία ρεφλεξολογία είναι μια αποτελεσματική νοσηλευτική παρέμβαση για την ανακούφιση της κόπωσης, του στρες και της κατάθλιψης για τις γυναίκες μετά τον τοκετό.

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