Minu Johny1, Sai Sailesh Kumar1, Archana Rajagopalan2, Joseph Kurien Mukkadan3
1Department of Physiology, Little Flower Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Angamaly, Kerala, India
2Department of Physiology, Saveetha Medical College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3Little Flower Medical Research Centre, Angamaly, Kerala, India.
Objectives: The present study was undertaken to observe the effectiveness of vestibular stimulation in the management of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Materials and Methods: The present study was an experimental study; twenty female participants of age group 18–30 years were recruited in the present study. Conventional swing was used to administer vestibular stimulation. Variables were recorded before and after vestibular stimulation and compared. Results: Depression and stress scores are significantly decreased after 2 months of intervention. Anxiety scores decreased followed by vestibular stimulation. However, it is no statistically significant. Serum cortisol levels significantly decreased after 2 months of intervention. WHOQOL-BREF-transformed scores were not significantly changed followed by the intervention. However, psychological domain score (T2) and social relationships domain score (T3) were increased followed by intervention. Systolic blood pressure was significantly decreased after 2 months of intervention. No significant change was observed in diastolic pressure and pulse rate. Pain score was significantly decreased after 2 months of intervention. Mini mental status examination scores and spatial and verbal memory score were significantly improved followed by intervention. Conclusion: The present study provides preliminary evidence for implementing vestibular stimulation for management of PMS as a nonpharmacological therapy. Hence, we recommend further well-controlled, detailed studies in this area with higher sample size.
Keywords: Pain, physiological intervention, premenstrual syndrome, vestibular stimulation.