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Volume 10, Issue 2 (9-2020)                   cmja 2020, 10(2): 184-195 | Back to browse issues page


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Moddares M, Maleki S, Haghanni S. Investigating the Impact of Foot Reflexology on Postpartum Energy in Primiparous Women. cmja. 2020; 10 (2) :184-195
URL: http://cmja.arakmu.ac.ir/article-1-741-en.html
1- Department of Reproductive Health, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Reproductive Health, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , malekishekoufeh@gmail.com
3- Department of Biostatistics, Nursing Care Research Center, School of Public Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (633 Views)

Objective: The postpartum period is a critical stage that exposes the mother to unpleasant experiences, including changes in energy level. Implementing reflexology during this period, as a branch of complementary medicine, may be helpful in promoting healthcare, especially in the areas of maternal and child health.
Methods: In total, 70 eligible women who referred to health centers in the south of Tehran City, Iran, affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences participated in this quasi-experimental study. A written informed consent form was obtained from them before initiating the study. The mothers of the postpartum routine care control group and the reflexology group received a massage for 3 consecutive days for 30 minutes (15 minutes per leg). Both study groups completed energy-related items in the Visual Fatigue Questionnaire before as well as immediately and one week after the completion of the intervention. The collected data were analyzed by SPSS.
Results: Demographic characteristics and the energy level before intervention were homogenous in both research groups. Immediately after the intervention, the Mean±SD energy scores in the control and reflexology groups were 34.55±2.84 and 33.7±4.33, respectively; thus the obtained data revealed no statistically significant difference between the study groups (P=0.02). One week after the intervention, the Mean±SD energy scores in the reflexology and control groups were 35.87±2.71 and 35.5±3.43), respectively; thus, there was no significant difference between the study groups in this regard (P=0.64).
Conclusion: The presented massage intervention was not as effective as a non-invasive low-cost method on the postpartum energy level of the study participants.

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Type of Study: Applicable | Subject: Nursing and Midwifery

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