Author: Seyedeh Ameneh Motalebi1, Zeinab Zajkani2, Fatemeh Mohammadi1, Mohammad Habibi3, Maryam Mafi4, Fatemeh Ranjkesh5
Affiliation: <sup>1</sup> Social Determinants of Health Research Center (SDH), Research Institute for Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences , Qazvin, Iran. <sup>2</sup> Student Research Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences , Qazvin, Iran. <sup>3</sup> Irannian Scientific Accupancture , Tehran, Iran. <sup>4</sup> School of Nursing and Midwifery, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences , Qazvin, Iran. <sup>5</sup> Children Growth Research Center, Research Institute for Prevention of Non Communicable Diseases, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences , Qazvin, Iran.
Conference/Journal: Exp Aging Res
Date published: Oct-Dec 2020
Other: Volume ID: 46 , Issue ID: 5 , Pages: 433-445 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1080/0361073X.2020.1802981. , Word Count: 189
Balance disorders are common in the elderly and are a major cause of falls. This study aimed to determine the effect of acupressure on dynamic balance in elderly women.
This randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 72 elderly women in Qazvin, Iran. The intervention group received rotary massage using the thumb at the pressure points for 4 weeks, 3 times a week for 20 minutes each session. Dynamic balance in both groups was measured before, 2 and 4 weeks after the intervention using timed up and go test and the step test. Data were analyzed using two way repeated measures ANOVA.
The mean age of participants was 67.34 ± 6.30 with a range of 60 to 80 years old. The results showed statistically significant improvement in the dynamic balance quantified by timed up and go test (%Δ = 26.53) and step test for the right (%Δ = 35.22) and left (Δ% = 32.62) legs (p < .001). However, in the control group, no significant change was observed in the dynamic balance after completion of the program.
The results support that acupressure therapy can be an effective, safe, and inexpensive method to improve the dynamic balance and maintain maximum autonomy of the elderly.
PMID: 32757822 DOI: 10.1080/0361073X.2020.1802981