Effect of acupressure at SP6 point on labor pain intensity


Parisa Samadi 1 , Meynour Lamiyan 2 , * , Reza Heshmat 3 , Soghrat Faghihzadeh 4

1 Master of Midwifery, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor Department of Midwifery, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Iran Acupuncture Society, Tehran, Iran.

4 Professor Department of Biostatistics, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

How to Cite: Samadi P, Lamiyan M, Heshmat R, Faghihzadeh S. Effect of acupressure at SP6 point on labor pain intensity, Hormozgan Med J. 2010 ; 14(1):e88537.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 14 (1); e88537
Published Online: October 31, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 16, 2009
Accepted: October 31, 2009


Introduction: Despite conventional views that pain is unavoidable during delivery and
should be suffered; today pain relief is introduced as new idea. Our aim was to evaluate
acupressure effect at SP6 point on labor pain intensity and women delivery type.
Methods: A single blind, clinical trial was undertaken to evaluation acupressure effect at
point of SP6 on pain intensity, labor duration and women delivery type. The subjects were
131 pregnant women in their term pregnancy and labor condition that were randomly
divided to experimental group of pressure on SP6 point (41 women), and control groups
of SP6 touch (41women ) and common care (49 women). Data then were analysed by
means of SPSS and using descriptive statistics, ANOVA and non-parametric Test.
Results: Average modified difference of labor pain intensity had statistically significant
decrease within 2 minutes after intervention among the three studied groups (P<0.001)
but there was no statistically significant difference in stages 30 minutes after intervention
and 30 minutes after the end of intervention. There was also no difference between the
three groups in delivery type.
Conclusion: Findings show that applying pressure on SP6 is effective 2 minutes after
intervention. It could be an effective supplementary method to decrease pain intensity.

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