J Korean Acad Nurs.  2009 Oct;39(5):662-672. 10.4040/jkan.2009.39.5.662.

Effects of Self-Foot Reflexology on Stress, Fatigue and Blood Circulation in Premenopausal Middle-Aged Women

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Songwon College, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea. kyehakim@hanmail.net

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.

Keyword

Reflexology; Middle aged; Stress; Fatigue; Blood circulation
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