The effects of Reiki and hand massage on pain and fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Author: Kevser SevgiÜnal Aslan1, Funda Çetinkaya2
1 Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Fundamentals of Nursing Department, Osmaniye, Turkey. Electronic address:
2 Aksaray University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Surgical Nursing, Aksaray, Turkey. Electronic address:
Conference/Journal: Explore (NY)
Date published: 2022 Jun 11
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2022.06.006. , Word Count: 145

The present study was conducted in order to determine the effects of Reiki and hand massage on the pain and fatigue of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

This study having a randomized controlled experimental design was carried out involving 105 individuals (35 in Reiki, 37 in hand massage, and 33 in control). Study data were collected between July 2020 and December 2021 by using a personal information form, Visual Analog Scale, and Piper Fatigue Scale.

The mean pain score and the fatigue severity of patients decreased after Reiki and hand massage interventions and the difference was found to be statistically significant (p < 0.05). Reiki and hand massage reduced the pain and fatigue levels of patients having rheumatoid arthritis.

It is recommended to use Reiki and hand massage in managing the symptoms and providing patients with care.

Keywords: Fatigue; Hand massage; Pain; Reiki; Rheumatoid arthritis.

PMID: 35752581 DOI: 10.1016/j.explore.2022.06.006