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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS, GYNECOLOGY AND INFERTILITY   FALL-WINTER 2008 , Volume 10 , Number 2; Page(s) 27 To 38.
 
Paper: 

EFFECT OF SOLE REFLEX ON PREGNANT WOMEN'S CONSTIPATION SEVERITY

 
 
Author(s):  GHAFARI FATEMEH*, POUR GHAZNIN T., SHAMS ALINIA A.
 
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Abstract: 

Introduction: mental and physical physiologic changes of pregnancy effects all the mother’s body systems consisting digestive tract. Among the digestive problems, the most prevalent ones in pregnant women are nausea, vomiting, heart burn, and constipation. Today, use of non–chemical and non–invasive methods is of priority in treatment of digestive problems in pregnancy; therefore, this research was done with the purpose of determination of effect of sole reflexology on pregnant women's constipation severity.
Material and Methods: This research was a two–group clinical trail, performed in 2005-2006 in health care centers of Ramsar. The sample in every group (case and control) consisted of 50 pregnant women suffering from constipation, selected by fitted pairs sampling method. Demographic and constipation situation data was collected by personal properties method and questionnaire of constipation investigation. Data wa analyzed by descriptive statistics and frequency distribution tables, using
c2 and T-pair test.
Results: T–pair test showed the significant difference between average and criterion deviation of constipation severity after and before of reflexology in case group (p=0/000); in control group such difference between average and criterion deviation of constipation severity in the begining and end of study was not seen.
Conclusion: Regarding the fact that constipation outbreak in pregnancy and effect of reflexology in reduction of constipation is emerging, the necessity of reflexology as a fully and substitutly method in treatment was shown.

 
Keyword(s): REFLEXOLOGY, CONSTIPATION, PREGNANCY
 
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