Some women might experience extremely severe menstrual cramps, meaning that painkillers are no longer that effective against these symptoms. This led the researchers to try alternative methods to ease this serious pain, and discovered that acupressure might work better than medication. Therefore, they decided to investigate how accurate an acupressure-teaching app might be against the pain.
Acupressure can easily be learned through a smartphone app
Acupressure involves touching certain pressure points across the body to ease pain. Some previous research indicated that such a treatment can be a good solution against severe menstrual cramps. However, not all women know how to perform acupressure, but there are plenty of smartphone apps which can teach them to do it.
Therefore, researchers decided to select 221 women and split them in two groups. One group had to learn how to use acupressure with the help of such an app, while the other had to try a fake app which was used only as a control method. This study lasted for six months.
In the end, they noticed how the acupressure group returned better results than the others. Women who experience severe menstrual cramps are used to taking good care of themselves by using all kinds of methods. Therefore, embracing the smartphone app can really be a great solution.
Women who used acupressure experienced less severe menstrual cramps
In fact, doctors advise women with menstrual cramps to first try methods which do not involve medicine. Only afterwards should they resort to painkillers, when nothing else works. In this case, acupressure is even more effective than medicine.
When the study started, women had to assess the levels of their menstrual pain on a scale of one to 10. All of the participants experienced pain of at least level 6. After three months, the average pain assessment was of 4.4 among the women using the real app, and of 5 among the others. Until the study ended, the pain decreased 1.4 points more.