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Acute Effect of Foot Reflexology Massage on Heart Rate Variability and Arterial Pulse Waveform

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 30, 2019
Last Update Posted : January 30, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
YUNG-SHENG CHEN, University of Taipei

Brief Summary:
Foot reflexology treatment provides acute and chronic effects on cardiovascular and hemodynamic functions. However, no information is available to us in regarding the treatment effect of foot reflexology after exercise. This study investigated the acute effect of foot reflexology treatment on heart rate variability after anaerobic-based and aerobic-based intermittent exercises.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Massage Anaerobic Exercise Aerobic Exercise Other: Foot reflexology massage Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The sympathetic activation and sympathy-vagal balance after repeat sprint performance can be immediately modulated by foot reflexology massage. The acute benefits of foot reflexology intervention on cardiac sympathovagal balance can be considered as exercise recovery strategies in sports.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 28 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Effects of Foot Reflexology Massage on Heart Rate Variability and Arterial Pulse Waveform After Yo Yo Intermittent Recovery Test and Repeated Sprint Test
Actual Study Start Date : December 22, 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 13, 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : June 13, 2017

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MedlinePlus related topics: Foot Health

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Foot reflexology massage group
The duration of intervention was 30 min (15 min massage duration for each leg)
Other: Foot reflexology massage
Foot reflexology technique of Father Josef was used as massage intervention

No Intervention: Control group
Rest for 30 min

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Heart rate variability [ Time Frame: immediately following intervention phase ]
    15 minutes resting electrocardiographic record at baseline and post-intervention phase

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Arterial pulse waveform [ Time Frame: immediately following intervention phase ]
    15 minutes resting arterial plethysmographic waveform at baseline and post-intervention phase

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Undertake football/futsal training at least 3 times a week
  • Age between 18 and 30 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of severe neuromuscular injury
  • Current lower extremity injury
  • Current neurological diseases
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Responsible Party: YUNG-SHENG CHEN, Associate Professor, University of Taipei Identifier: NCT03821805    
Other Study ID Numbers: UT-IRB-2016-017
First Posted: January 30, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 30, 2019
Last Verified: January 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: Individual participant data is protected by IRB application with a minimum of 3 years data storage.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by YUNG-SHENG CHEN, University of Taipei:
Heart rate variability
Arterial pulse waveform