Pain perception and selected associated symptoms

05 Nov Pain perception and selected associated symptoms

The article deals with effectiveness in minimization of pain perception and selected associated symptoms among patients with advanced cancer.

First and foremost, assess the level of pain perception and selected associated symptoms among the experimental group and control group before giving foot massage. Find out the difference between the levels of pain perception and selected associated symptoms among the experimental group and control group after the foot massage. This evaluates the effectiveness of foot massage in the minimization of pain perception and selected associated symptoms.

The study conducted by Hodgson (2000) “Does reflexology impact on cancer patients’ quality of life?”  Concludes that 100% of the massage group benefited from it with an improvement in quality of life in the following aspects: appearance, appetite, breathing, communication with doctors, communication with family, communication with nurses, concentration, constipation, and diarrhea, fear of future, isolation, micturition, mobility, mood, nausea, pain, sleep and tiredness. Within the reflexology group, the participants reported an improvement in all aspects of life scale compared to 67.5 in the control group. Nevertheless, this study would suggest that the provision of reflexology for palliative patients within the general setting could be beneficial. Not only did the patients in this study enjoy the intervention, they were also relaxed, comforted and achieved relief from some of their symptoms.

The findings are consistent with the study conducted by Yang (2005) to evaluate the effectiveness of foot massage in nausea, vomiting and fatigue of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. He concluded that there was a statistically significant decrease in nausea, and vomiting in the experimental group compared to the control group over two different times. In addition, there was a statistically significant decrease in fatigue in the experimental group compared to the control group over two different times.

It is inferred that patients with advanced cancer exposed to foot massage had significant decrease in the level of pain perception and selected associated symptoms. It’s suggested that foot massage can be used as a non-pharmacological intervention to relieve the pain as well as the distressing physical and psychological symptoms in patients with terminal illness.

The level of pain perception and selected associated symptoms were found to be higher in the control group and experimental group before foot massage. The level of pain perception and selected associated symptoms became lower in the experimental group and remained unchanged in the control group after the foot massage. There is significant difference in the level of the pain perception and selected associated symptoms among experimental group and control group after foot massage.

Cancer is one of the main causes of death. Much of the sufferings is faced by the cancer patients are pain and other related symptoms. Foot massage is one of the non- pharmacological therapy can be performed anywhere. It requires no special equipment, is non-invasive, cost effective and do not compromise with patient’s privacy. Hence, foot massage is proved to be one of the effective natural therapies to relieve pain perception and promote quality of life among clients with advanced cancer.

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