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



This study was to examine the effects of self-foot reflexology on stress, fatigue and blood circulation in premenopausal middle-aged women.


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.


The results showed that self-foot reflexology was effective in reducing perceived stress and fatigue and helped blood circulation in premenopausal middle-aged women.


Self-foot reflexology may be an effective nursing intervention in reducing perceived stress and fatigue and in improving blood circulation.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
Homogeneity Test of General Characteristics (N=59)

*Fisher's exact test.

Exp.=experimental group; Con.=control group.

Table 2
Homogeneity Test of Pre-test Dependent Variables (N=59)

Exp.=experimental group; Con.=control group.

Table 3
The Effects of Self-Foot Reflexology on Stress, Fatigue, and Blood Circulation (N=59)

Exp.=experimental group; Con.=control group.


This article is based on a part of the first author's doctoral thesis from Chosun University.


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