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The impact of foot massage and guided relaxation following cardiac surgery

23 Feb

Researchers at the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Brighton in the UK investigated the impact of foot massage and guided relaxation on the well-being of patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

There was a significant effect of the intervention on the calm scores (ANOVA, P=0.014), mostly due to the massage, although to a lesser extent due to the imagery. Dunnett''s multiple comparison showed that this was attributable to increased calm among the massage group. There was also a clear but non-significant trend across all psychological variables for both foot massage and, to a lesser extent, guided relaxation, for improving psychological well-being. Both interventions were well received by the subjects.

The study concludes that these interventions appear to be effective, noninvasive, favorably received techniques for promoting psychological well-being in this patient group and that further investigation is indicated.

Citation: Hattan J, King L, Griffiths P. The impact of foot massage and guided relaxation following cardiac surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2002 Jan; 37 (2): pages 199-207. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award