Results of a Controlled Pilot Study

Schitter, Agnes M.; Nedeljkovic, Marko; Baur, Heiner; Fleckenstein, Johannes; Raio, Luigi (2015). Results of a Controlled Pilot Study Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015, pp. 1-10. Hindawi 10.1155/2015/437650

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Background. WATSU (WaterShiatsu) is a complementary therapeutic treatment method comprising passive stretches and massage techniques administered in 35∘C warm water. Pregnant women claim safe methods to reduce pain, stress, and fatigue.Therefore, we conducted a pilot study evaluating the effects ofWATSU on pregnancy-related complaints in third trimester pregnant women. Methods. Nine healthy pregnant women at gestational week ≥34 were included in an intervention group (receiving WATSU) and compared to eight women in a passive control group (receiving no treatment). WATSU was performed on days 1 and 4 of the study, accompanied by ultrasound examinations. Outcomes include physiological and psychometric as well as qualitative data. Participants in the control group completed questionnaires only. Results. WATSU was found to significantly lower participants’ levels of stress and pain and to improve their mental health-related quality of life and mood. In comparison to the passive control group, participants in the intervention group reported reduction in perceived stress from day 1 to day 8 (

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Health Professions

Name:

Schitter, Agnes M.;
Nedeljkovic, Marko;
Baur, Heiner0000-0002-4780-225X;
Fleckenstein, Johannes and
Raio, Luigi

ISSN:

1741-427X

Publisher:

Hindawi

Language:

English

Submitter:

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Date Deposited:

29 Jan 2020 13:09

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2020 13:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1155/2015/437650

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.5796

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/5796

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