Effects of self-foot reflexology on stress, fatigue, skin temperature and immune response in female undergraduate students

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comparison Effects of self-foot reflexology on stress, fatigue, skin temperature and immune response in female undergraduate students

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of self-foot reflexology on stress (perceived stress, urine cortisol level, and serum cortisol level), fatigue, skin temperature and immune response in female undergraduate students.

Methods: The research design was a nonequivalent control group pretest-post test design. Participants were 60 university students: 30 in the experiment group and 30 in the control group. The period of this study was from April to June 2010. The program was performed for 1 hr a session, three times a week for 6 weeks. The data were analyzed using the SPSS/WIN 17.0 program.

Results: The results showed that self-foot reflexology was effective in reducing perceived stress and fatigue, and raised skin temperature in female undergraduate students. But cortisol levels and immune response were not statistically significant different.

Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that self-foot reflexology is an effective nursing intervention in reducing perceived stress and fatigue and, in improving skin temperature. Therefore, it is recommended that this be used in clinical practice as an effective nursing intervention for in female undergraduate students.

Citation:

Lee YM. [Effects of self-foot reflexology on stress, fatigue, skin temperature and immune response in female undergraduate students]. J Korean Acad Nurs. 2011 Feb;41(1):110-8. Korean. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2011.41.1.110. PMID: 21516005.

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 αυτής της μελέτης δείχνουν ότι η πελματιαία ρεφλεξολογία που εφαρμόζεται από το ίδιο το άτομο στον εαυτό, είναι μια αποτελεσματική νοσηλευτική παρέμβαση στη μείωση του αντιληπτού στρες και της κόπωσης και στη βελτίωση της θερμοκρασίας του δέρματος. Ως εκ τούτου, συνιστάται να χρησιμοποιείται στην κλινική πρακτική ως αποτελεσματική νοσηλευτική παρέμβαση σε προπτυχιακές φοιτήτριες.

 

 

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