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Rakhshekhorshid M, Foadoddini M, Saadatjoo S A. Comparison between the effects of applying massage and ice massage to SP6(SPLEEN6) point on severity and length of primary dysmenorrhea . J Birjand Univ Med Sci.. 2013; 20 (1) :11-19
URL: http://journal.bums.ac.ir/article-1-1305-en.html

1- Nursing Graduate Student School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran
2- Assistant Professor, Atherosclerosis and Coronary Artery Disease Research Center, Physiology Department, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran
3- Instructor, faculty member, Nursing and Midwifery Research Center of the east of Iran, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran , s_saadatjoo@yahoo.com
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Background and Aim: Dysmenorrhea is one of the most common symptoms among women of productive age that is associated with several side effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of applying massage and ice massage to SP6 (SPLEEN6) point on severity and length of primary dysmenorrhea.

 

Materials and Methods: This single-blind controlled trial study was done on 79 girls living in Birjand University of Medical Sciences dormitories during two menstrual cycles. The tools used in this study were visual analogue pain scale (VAPS) and clock. Data analysis was done by means of SPSS software (V: 15) using statistical tests variance analysis and X2 together with non-parametric tests Wilcoxon, Kruskal-wallis, and Mann-whitney.

 

Results: The study showed that mean pain intensity significantly decreased in massage and ice massage groups after intervention and the difference was significant (P<0.001). Besides, mean change in pain intensity in the massage group (0.91±1.16) was more than ice massage group (0.59±0.57) the difference being statistically significant (P<0.05). Mean of pain duration decreased after intervention in massage and ice massage groups and this reduction was significant (P<0.001). However the mean change in pain duration in the massage and ice massage groups was not significantly different from each other.

 

Conclusion: It was found that applying acupressure to SP6 point with or without ice causes significant reduction of duration and severity of dysmenorrhea in the intervention group compared to the control group.

 
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Subject: Gynecology & Obstetrics
Received: 2012/12/11 | Accepted: 2013/05/14 | Published: 2014/11/15

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