Effects of foot reflexology on essential hypertension patients

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Effects of foot reflexology on essential hypertension patients

Abstract

Purpose: This study was to evaluate the effects of foot reflexology on blood pressure, serum lipids level and life satisfaction in essential hypertension patients.

Method: The research design used was a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design. Foot Reflexology was used as the experimental treatment from June 23rd, 2003 until August 31st, 2003. Thirty-four subjects were assigned to an experimental group(18) and control group(16). Foot Reflexology was administered twice a week for 6 weeks and self foot Reflexology was administered twice a week for 4 weeks on the experimental group.

Result: There was a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure but no significant decrease in diastolic pressure in the experimental group compared to the control group. The total cholesterol level in the experimental group compared to the control group was not significantly decreased after foot reflexology. However, the triglyceride level in the experimental group compared to the control group was significantly decreased after foot reflexology. On the other hand, high density lipoprotein and low density lipoprotein levels in the experimental group compared to the control group was not significantly decreased after foot reflexology. Life satisfaction in the experimental group compared to the control group was significantly improved after foot reflexology.

Conclusion: The results proved that foot reflexology was an effective nursing intervention to decrease systolic pressure, and triglyceride but not for the blood cholesterol and to improve life satisfaction. Therefore, blood cholesterol should be further evaluated in a larger group of subjects and for a longer period. Further research is regarded as necessary to evaluate and to compare effects of self-foot reflexology and foot reflexology.

Citation:

Park HS, Cho GY. [Effects of foot reflexology on essential hypertension patients]. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2004 Aug;34(5):739-50. Korean. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2004.34.5.739. PMID: 15502439.

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.

Μετάφραση των συμπερασμάτων της συγκεκριμένης έρευνας:

Τα αποτελέσματα απέδειξαν ότι η πελματιαία ρεφλεξολογία ήταν μια αποτελεσματική νοσηλευτική παρέμβαση για τη μείωση της συστολικής πίεσης και των τριγλυκεριδίων αλλά όχι για τη χοληστερόλη στο αίμα και για τη βελτίωση της ικανοποίησης από τη ζωή. Επομένως, η χοληστερόλη στο αίμα θα πρέπει να αξιολογηθεί περαιτέρω σε μια μεγαλύτερη ομάδα ατόμων και για μεγαλύτερο χρονικό διάστημα. Περαιτέρω έρευνα θεωρείται απαραίτητη για την αξιολόγηση και τη σύγκριση των επιδράσεων της ρεφλεξολογίας στον εαυτό και της πελματιαίας ρεφλεξολογίας.

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