A randomized controlled clinical trial evaluating quality of life when using a simple acupressure protocol in women with primary dysmenorrhea

Bazarganipour, Fatemah and Taghavi, Seyed-Abdolvahab and Allan, Helen T. and Hosseini, Nazafarin and Khosravi, Ahmad and Asadi, Rahimeh and Salari, Shohreh and Dehghani, Raziyeh and Jamshidi, Zahra and Rezaei, Marziyeh and Saberian, Mansoreh and Javedan, Fatemah and Salari, Zahra and Miri, Fahimeh (2017) A randomized controlled clinical trial evaluating quality of life when using a simple acupressure protocol in women with primary dysmenorrhea. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 34 . pp. 10-15. ISSN 0965-2299

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate a simple acupressure protocol in LIV3 and LI4 acupoints in women with primary dysmenorrhea.
Methods: This paper reports a randomized, single blinded clinical trial. 90 young women with dysmenorrhea were recruited to three groups to receive 20 minutes acupressure every day in either LIV3 or LI4, or placebo points. Acupressure was timed five days before menstruation for three successive menstrual cycles. On menstruation, each participant completed the Wong Baker faces pain scale, and the quality of life short form -12 (QOL SF-12).
Results: Intensity and duration of pain between the three groups in the second and third cycles during the intervention (p<0.05) differed significantly. Significant differences were seen in all domains of QOL except for mental health (p=0.4), general health (p=0.7) and mental subscale component (p=0.12) in the second cycle, and mental health (p=0.9), and mental subscale component (p=0.14) in the third cycle.
Conclusion: Performing the simple acupressure protocol is an effective method to decrease the intensity and duration of dysmenorrhea, and improve the QOL.
Key words: Dysmenorrhea, acupressure, quality of life
Registration ID in IRCT: IRCT2016052428038N1

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 22990
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Depositing User: Helen Allan
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 12:08
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 04:43
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22990

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