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

J Korean Acad Nurs. 2015 Aug;45(4):587-94. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2015.45.4.587.
[Article in Ko]

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.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depression, Postpartum / prevention & control*
  • Fatigue*
  • Female
  • Foot
  • Humans
  • Hydrocortisone / blood
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Massage*
  • Postpartum Period / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

Substances

  • Hydrocortisone