Journal Article Physiological and Subjective Effects of the Feet Acupressure in Adult Women

Takamagi, Shizuka  ,  Kitajima, Maiko  ,  Kudo, Seiko

67 ( 1 )  , pp.69 - 76 , 2016-07-29 , 弘前大学大学院医学研究科・弘前医学会
Objectives: We evaluated the effects of acupressure at two meridian points( KI1 and KI3).Methods: Subjects( 11 adult women) were tested twice on different days, once after acupressure and once after bedrest alone. Outcomes were measured by evaluating objective indices (blood pressure, pulse rate, and skin surfacetemperature, deep temperature, and blood flow volume in the feet) and subjective indices (comfort and warmth orcold sensations in the feet), and the temporal changes after intervention were analyzed.Results: There were significant temporal changes in pulse rate, skin surface and deep skin temperatures, blood flowvolume, and scores of foot comfort and warmth after acupressure, whereas there were no significant differences afterbed rest alone. There were no significant changes in blood pressure after either treatment.Conclusion: Acupressure at these two points is a safe and effective method to warm up the feet.

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