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J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Oct;23(10):787-793. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0362. Epub 2017 Jul 17.

Effects of Meridian Acupressure Massage on Body Composition, Edema, Stress, and Fatigue in Postpartum Women.

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1 Department of Nursing, Hanlyo University , Gwangyang-si, Republic of Korea.
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2 Department of Nursing, Seonam University , Namwon, Republic of Korea.
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3 Department of Nursing, Chosun University , Gwangju, Republic of Korea.
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4 Department of Nursing, Chosun Nursing College , Gwangju, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study aims to investigate the effects of meridian acupressure massage on body composition, edema, stress, and fatigue in postpartum women.

DESIGN:

A quasi-experimental design with a nonequivalent control group was utilized.

SETTINGS/LOCATION:

The Postpartum Care Center of Women's Hospital in Gwangju City, Republic of Korea.

SUBJECTS:

The study group consisted of 39 postpartum women, 19 in the experimental group and 20 in the control group, recruited from the postpartum care center of Women's Hospital in Gwangju city, South Korea.

INTERVENTIONS:

The experimental group was provided with meridian acupressure massage for 90 min daily over 5 days as an experimental therapy.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Body composition (body weight, BMI, total body water, ECW ratio, LBM, and body fat) Edema (subjective edema, average girth of the upper limbs, and average girth of the lower limbs), Stress (psychological stress and physical stress), and Fatigue.

RESULTS:

The experimental group demonstrated a significantly larger decrease compared with the control group in measures of body composition, edema, total subjective stress, psychological stress, and subjective fatigue.

CONCLUSIONS:

Meridian acupressure massage can hasten the return to original body composition after childbirth.

KEYWORDS:

body composition; edema; meridian acupressure massage; postpartum women

PMID:
28714769
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2016.0362
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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