J Korean Acad Nurs.  2011 Feb;41(1):141-148. 10.4040/jkan.2011.41.1.141.

Effects of Heat Therapy Using a Far Infrared Rays Heating Element for Dysmenorrhea in High School Girls

  • 1Department of Nursing, Chodang University, Muan, Korea. yrhong@chodang.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was designed to identify the effects of heat therapy on dysmenorrhea, heat being provided using a far infrared rays heating element.
The research design for the study was a non-equivalent control group quasi-experimental design. Participants were 22 students for the experimental group, and 26 students for the control group. Data were analyzed using SAS WIN 9.1 program.
The experimental group had significantly lower mean scores for menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea, and blood pressure than those in the control group. However, no significant differences were found between two groups for pulse, respiration, and temperature.
These findings show that thermotherapy was effective for reduction of menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea, and B/P. Therefore, this therapy could be used as a nursing intervention for students with dysmenorrhea.


Infrared rays; Heating; Dysmenorrhea

MeSH Terms

Abdomen/radiation effects
Blood Pressure/physiology
Body Temperature/physiology
Dysmenorrhea/prevention & control/*therapy
Heart Rate/physiology
*Hot Temperature
*Infrared Rays


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