Vigorous exercises in the management of primary dysmenorrhea: a feasibility study

Kannan, Priya, Claydon, Leica S., Miller, Dawn and Chapple, Cathy M. (2014) Vigorous exercises in the management of primary dysmenorrhea: a feasibility study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37 (15). pp. 1334-1339. ISSN 1464-5165

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Purpose: To examine the feasibility of using an exercise intervention for reducing menstrual pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea (PD) and to obtain preliminary results to estimate the sample size for a future randomized controlled trial (RCT). Methods: A quasi-experimental design was applied. Ten women 18–45 years with PD were included. The participants underwent vigorous aerobic training at the School of Physiotherapy on a treadmill three times a week for up to 4 weeks followed by aerobic training at home for up to 4 weeks. The feasibility measures were adherence to the intervention programme and intervention prescription, retention and safety. The short form McGill pain questionnaire was used to measure pain at first (T1), second (T2) and third (T3) menstrual cycles following trial entry. Results: Overall adherence was 98%, with 100% adherence to clinic-based intervention and intervention prescription and 96% for home exercise programme. Retention rate was 100%. With respect to pain a large effect size was identified at T2 and T3. No adverse events reported. Conclusions: Results demonstrated that the intervention is applicable and feasible. In addition, the preliminary results show evidence of positive changes after the intervention. The intervention programme’s effectiveness will be studied further, in a future RCT.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Aerobic training, Exercise, menstrual pain, physical activity, physiotherapy, primary dysmenorrhea
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Medical Science (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 08:05
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:15

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