New research suggests foot massages may be among postmenopausal women may improve sleep and anxiety.
The study was released online in Menopause.
70 women from Northern Turkey were tasked with participating in the study: 35 in an experimental group and 35 in a control group.
The female participants in the experimental group were given foot massages once every day for one week.
“It was found that the women in the control group had lower pretest Beck Anxiety Inventory scores than those in the experimental group, whereas before the foot massage intervention, the women in the experimental and control groups had similar FSS scores and sleep hours,” the study’s authors explained in their journal article.
“It was determined that foot massage applied during menopause increases the average daily sleep duration (hours) and reduces women’s fatigue and anxiety levels.”