Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2015 Jun;18(1):38-45. 10.7587/kjrehn.2015.38.

The Effects of Moxibustion on Chronic Back Pain and Activities of Daily Living in Aged

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  • 1Suwon Women's College, Suwon, Korea.
  • 2Red-Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. kspark@cau.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was attempted in order to verify the effects of moxibustion on aged back pain and activities of daily living.
METHODS
A research design is quasi-experiment with pre-post test design in nonequivalent control group. As for data collection and experimental treatment, it accidentally sampled totally 50 people with 24 people for the experimental group and 26 people for the control group who appeal for chronic back pain aged over 60 who visited 4 senior centers where are located in N city from November 7, 2012 to December 3, 2012. Experimental treatment was carried out moxibustion totally 12 times by 3 times for 4 weeks in the experimental group. Data analysis was made by using SPSS program. As an analytical technique, the experimental group and the control group were analyzed the homogeneity verification with t-test, Fisher's exact test and chi2 test and the hypothesis verification with t-test.
RESULTS
The back pain level was reduced in the experimental group than the control group. The disability of daily living activities was reduced in the experimental group than in the control group.
CONCLUSION
Moxibustion was considered to be likely useful therapeutic method for effects of chronic back pain and disability of daily living activities in aged.

Keyword

Moxibustion; Aged; Chronic back pain; Activities of daily living
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