The effects of acupressure on primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized controlled trial

Mirbagher-Ajorpaz, N. and Adib-Hajbaghery, M. and Mosaebi, F. (2011) The effects of acupressure on primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 17 (1). pp. 33-36.

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Objective: The current study was conducted to evaluate the effect of acupressure on primary dysmenorrhea in Iranian medical sciences students. Design: A randomized controlled pre and post-test design was employed to verify the effects of SP6 acupressure on dysmenorrhea. Setting: A total of 30 young college female students with primary dysmenorrhea were randomly allocated to intervention (n = 15) and control (n = 15) groups. Intervention: The intervention group received SP6 acupressure during menstruation cycle and the control group received light touch on the SP6 acupoint. Using a Visual Analog Scale, the severity of dysmenorrhea was assessed prior to and immediately, 30 min, 1, 2, and 3 h following treatment. Main outcome measures: Data were analyzed using X2, t-test and ANOVA statistical tests. Results: Significant differences were observed in the scores of dysmenorrhea between the two groups immediately after (3.50 ± 1.42 vs. 5.06 ± 1.43, p = 0.004) and also 3 h after treatment (1.66 ± 1.98 vs. 4.80 ± 1.37, p = 0.000). Conclusions: Acupressure on the SP6 meridian can be an effective non-invasive nursing intervention for alleviating primary dysmenorrhea and its effects last for 3 h post-treatment. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: acupressure; acupuncture; adult; analysis of variance; article; chi square distribution; clinical trial; controlled clinical trial; controlled study; dysmenorrhea; female; hospitalization; human; pain assessment; randomized controlled trial; treatment outcome, Acupressure; Acupuncture Points; Analysis of Variance; Chi-Square Distribution; Dysmenorrhea; Female; Humans; Pain Measurement; Severity of Illness Index; Treatment Outcome; Young Adult
Subjects: Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery > Department of Nursing - Medical Surgical
Depositing User: editor . 2
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 06:00
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 06:00

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