Volume 15, Number 4 (Winter 2008)                   JSSU 2008, 15(4): 69-74 | Back to browse issues page


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Enjezab B, Khoshbin A, Bokaei M, Naghshin N. Effect of Ice Massage on Hoku Point for Reduction of Labor Pain. JSSU. 2008; 15 (4) :69-74
URL: http://jssu.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-625-en.html

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Introduction: One the most anxious moments for mothers and families is labor pain and various methods for its relief have an effect on labor management, patient satisfaction and labor outcome. Both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods are used to relieve labor pain, but in recently years, researchers have focused their attention to non-pharmacological methods for reduction of labor pain. Acupressure is one of the pain relieving methods that can be used for labor pain, but there have been few studies to date. The purpose of this research was to determine the effect of Hoku point ice massage on labor pain. Methods: Participants of this clinical trial study were 60 pregnant women having the inclusive criteria. Participants were randomly divided to two groups of thirty, each. (Control Group=only touch of Hoku point, Case group= ice massage of Huko point). This procedure was done for thirty minutes. Labor pain of subjects was measured by visual analog scale before and after the procedure. Results: There was no statistical difference between the gestational age, parity and age of the two groups. Results showed that reduction of labor pain by ice massage of Huko point was statistically significant (P<0.001). Conclusion: Acupressure is a noninvasive, simple and cheap method of relieving pain and our study confirms its effect on reduction of labor pain. This method is therefore applicable in delivery rooms.
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Type of Study: Original article | Subject: General
Received: 2010/01/25

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