The Influence of Foot and Back Massage on Blood Pressure and Sleep Quality in Heart Failure: Case Report
Introduction: Massage is a non-pharmacologic method, that can be effective for heart failure. The present study was conducted to investigate the influence of foot and back massage on blood pressure and sleep quality in heart failure patients.
Case presentation: A 64-year-old female patient is being treated at home with the diagnosis of New York Heart Association Class III heart failure. In the physical examination; blood pressure, 154/78 mmHg, O2 saturation level was 95 %. The patient’s complaint; feeling pain in his legs throughout the day and at night, not being able to carry out his daily activities due to edema in his legs, and having insomnia for about a year. The patient with heart failure has applied a total of 6 sessions of 15 min of foot and back massage twice weekly for three weeks.
Conclusion: Six sessions of foot massage and back massage were detected to lead to a reduction in diastolic blood pressure and systolic blood pressure values and the difference was statistically significant. A strong statistical difference was found between mean pre-test post-test scores of overall and sub-dimensional scores of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index in heart failure patients. Foot and back massage was found to be effective in reducing blood pressure and improving sleep quality for heart failure.
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