Effect of Acupressure on Physiological and Psychological Maladies Among Peri and Post Menopausal Women

Authors : Malathi.M; Dr.P.Padmavathi

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 4 - April

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6757974

Menopause is an unavoidable physical condition in women's life. During menopausal periods women suffer from physical and mental stress, which can have a detrimental effect on quality of life and adverse clinical outcomes. These outcomes lead the women towards taking hormonal medications to reduce the symptoms. Since the hormonal therapy has very many complications, the use of complementary and alternative therapies also has increased to reduce menopausal maladies. Acupressure is believed to be one of the complementary therapies that can be used to promote physical and mental health among menopausal women. A quantitative, true experimental, pre test – post test control group design was used to find out the effectiveness of acupressure on menopausal maladies among menopausal women at Pallakkapalayam, Namakkal district. A total of 60 postmenopausal women with menopausal problems were randomly assigned to either the acupressure group (n = 30) and the control group (n = 30). The acupressure group received 15 minutes acupressure used twice a week for four weeks. The control group did not experience acupressure. Outcome measures were the physical and psychological components of menopausal problems as measured using the Menopausal Maladies Scoring Sheet (MMSS). Since the data were normally distributed, the parametric tests were performed to compare the experimental and control group, before and after acupressure interventions. While comparing the experimental and control group after acupressure application, the “t” value 2.65 at 0.011 probability level reveals that there is significant difference in physiological symptoms in experimental ( Mean: 35.93 (44.2%); SD: 15.27) and control group (Mean 47.27 (59.1%); SD: 17.81). “t” value 2.016 at 0.048 probability level reveals that there is significant difference in psychological symptoms between experimental (Mean The findings of this study show that the acupressure treatment that was given twice a week for four weeks was able to significantly reduce the physical and psychological maladies of menopause. These positive findings suggest that acupressure may play a role in improving physical and mental well-being among women in the menopausal age group and as treatment time increases efficiency will also be increased. Promoting good physical and mental health among menopausal women will improve the quality of life, and reduce the negative effects associated with menopause problems.

Keywords : Acupressure, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, And General Physical And Psychological Distress (Maladies), Peri And Post Menopausal Women.


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