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Journal: بیهوشی و درد
Year:1394 | Volume:5 | Issue:3
Start Page:55 | End Page:63

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF FOOT REFLEXOLOGY ON PAIN AND DISABILITY IN MEN WITH NONSPECIFIC CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN

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 Start Page 55 | End Page 63

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 Aims and Background: Reflexology is one of the new therapeutic methods for musculoskeletal disorders, especially low back PAIN. To achieve conclusive results in this field and also to FOLLOW UP PAIN and functional DISABILITY afterwards, we designed this study. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of using FOOT REFLECOLOGY for six weeks on PAIN and DISABILITY in male subjects with non-specific chronic low back PAIN during a four-month period.Methods and materials: This experimental study included 24 male patients with non-specific chronic low back PAIN, who underwent six weeks of therapy (foot reflexology) by the sports therapist. The amount of PAIN and functional DISABILITY were redpectively measured using visual analogue scale (VAS) and Oswestry DISABILITY index (ODI) questionnaire before, just after, and with a four months’ interval after the intervention. Data were analyzed using independent T test. The Statistical significance was resumed to be a p£0.05.Findings: Our findings showed that immediately after six-weeks of foot Reflexology, the amount of PAIN and functional DISABILITY in participants with non-specific chronic low back PAIN was significantly decreased (p=0.001). Also, according to the results obtained after a four-month follow-up, no significant reduction in PAIN and functional DISABILITY in patients was found compared to the pretest values (p>0.05).Conclusions: Based on the current results, the foot reflexology method could have temporary and short-term effects on rehabilitation of subjects with chronic low back PAIN. As shown the PAIN and DISABILITY appeared again in our patients after four months.

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