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Background: When the body is stressed for a long time, oxidative stress can cause stress as a part of the disease or symptoms. Treatments include both medication and non-medication methods can be used to reduce stress.
Objectives: This research aimed to study the immediate effects of massage combined with reflexology to the autonomic nervous system and blood circulation assessment in stressed volunteers.
Methods: This study was a quasi-experimental research study. The volunteers were placed in to three groups consisting of 30 volunteers per group. The groups were: the massage group, the massage combined with reflexology group, and the resting group.The meter rate heart rate variability (HRV), the Wilcoxon Matched-Pairs Signed Ranks Test and Kruskal Wallis Test were used in this study.
Results: When the data were compared before and after the experiment, the mean heart rate (Mean HRT), the Physical Stress Index (PSI) and the stress index decreased significantly (p=.000 p=.007 p=.002) in the massage group., The standard deviation of normal to normal beats (SDNN), the autonomic nervous system (ANS Activity), and the stress resistance significantly increased (p=.035, p=.026, and p=.039, respectively). The massage combined with the reflexology group showed that blood circulation assessment flow was significantly improved (p=.001).
Conclusions: Therefore, messages affect the autonomic nervous system causing stress to be reduced. Massages combined with reflexology signals can improve vascular blood circulation assessment flow.
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