The Effectiveness of Thai Hermit Exercise among Female Students with Primary Menstrual Pain

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Rungnapha Thophorm
Sappaporn Wirattanapokin
Pornnutcha Sanmee


Primary menstrual pain is a critical problem for female students as this problem can affect their
study and their daily life. The Thai hermit exercise (Ruesie Dutton) might be an alternative choice for
relieving such menstrual pain without the use of painkiller drugs. This study aimed to evaluate the effect
of Thai hermit exercise on the degree of menstrual pain among female students. Sample group included
30 of the first- and second-year female students from Dusit Commercial Vocational College Nonthaburi
as a group without exercise (control group) and 30 of those from Kanchanabhisek Institute of Medical
and Public Health Technology as a group with Thai hermit exercise (experimental group) for 45
minutes/session, 3 sessions/week, totaling 8 weeks. Both control and experimental groups were evaluated
for perceived menstrual pain and co-menstrual symptoms. All data were analyzed to determine
frequency, percentages, means and standard deviation. Paired sample t-test and independent t-test were
used for statistical tests. The study found that after Thai hermit exercise, the experimental group had a
significantly lower level of perceived menstrual pain and its co-symptoms (p < 0.05); and their pain
reduction was significantly greater than that for the control group (p < 0.05). However, this study
ambiguously confirms that the Thai hermit exercise can reduce perceived menstrual pain and its associated
symptoms. This is because of study limitations such as the inappropriate research design, the lack
of sampling bias control, unequal treatment for the control and experimental groups, and the measurement
of dependent variables by the researcher.


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