Effectiveness of foot and hand massage in postcesarean pain control in a group of Turkish pregnant women

Appl Nurs Res. 2010 Aug;23(3):153-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2008.08.001. Epub 2009 Jan 15.


The aim of this study was to determine the efficiency of foot and hand massage on reducing postoperative pain in patients who had cesarean operation. This pretest-posttest design study was planned as a randomized controlled experimental study. In the light of the results, it was reported that the reduction in pain intensity was significantly meaningful in both intervention groups when compared to the control group. It was also noted that vital findings were measured comparatively higher before the massage in the test groups, and they were found to be relatively lower in the measurements conducted right before and after the massage, which was considered to be statistically meaningful. Foot and hand massage proved useful as an effective nursing intervention in controlling postoperative pain.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cesarean Section / nursing*
  • Female
  • Foot
  • Hand
  • Humans
  • Massage / methods*
  • Obstetric Nursing / methods*
  • Pain, Postoperative / nursing*
  • Pain, Postoperative / therapy*
  • Pregnancy
  • Turkey
  • Young Adult