[Effects of self-foot reflexology on stress, fatigue and blood circulation in premenopausal middle-aged women]

J Korean Acad Nurs. 2009 Oct;39(5):662-72. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2009.39.5.662.
[Article in Ko]

Abstract

Purpose: This study was to examine the effects of self-foot reflexology on stress, fatigue and blood circulation in premenopausal middle-aged women.

Methods: A quasi-experimental nonequivalent control group, pretest-posttest design was used. Participants were 59 premenopausal, middle-aged women in their 40s and 60s living in G city: 30 in the experiment group and 29 in the control group. Data were collected from May to August 2008. Self-foot reflexology was performed three times a week for 6 weeks for 40 min at each session.

Results: The results showed that self-foot reflexology was effective in reducing perceived stress and fatigue and helped blood circulation in premenopausal middle-aged women.

Conclusion: Self-foot reflexology may be an effective nursing intervention in reducing perceived stress and fatigue and in improving blood circulation.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure / physiology*
  • Demography
  • Fatigue / therapy*
  • Female
  • Foot
  • Humans
  • Massage / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Premenopause* / physiology
  • Premenopause* / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*