This study aims to determine the impact of foot massage given to postmenopausal women on anxiety, fatigue, and sleep.
This randomized-controlled study was conducted with 70 women (35 experimental, 35 control) who resided in a village located in Northern Turkey. In the study, the women in the experimental group were given foot massage once every day for 7 days. No intervention was applied to the women in the control group. The data were collected using a Personal Information Form, the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) Descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage distribution, median, and Q1-Q3), χ2 test, Mann-Whitney U test, and Wilcoxon test were used in the analysis of the data.
It was found that the women in the control group had lower pretest BAI scores than those in the experimental group (P < 0.05), whereas before the foot massage intervention, the women in the experimental and control groups had similar FSS scores and sleep hours (P > 0.05). After the foot massage, the FSS scores were 2.3 (1.6‐3.4) in the experimental group and 5.5 (4.6‐6.2) in the control group, the BAI scores were 26.0 (23.0‐29.0) in the experimental group and 36.0 (31.0‐43.0) in the control group, the daily sleep hours were 8.0 (8.0‐10.0) in the experimental group and 7.0 (6.0‐8.0) in the control group, and the differences between the groups were statistically significant (P < 0.001).
It was determined that foot massage applied during menopause increases the average daily sleep duration (hours) and reduces women's fatigue and anxiety levels.