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An Experiment on the Psychological and Physiological Effects of Skin Moisturization on Lower Legs—In Expectation of Application to Nursing Practice at Hospitals

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The Occupational Therapy Department, Faculty of Health Science Technology, 1196 Kamekubo, Bunkyo Gakuin University, Fujimino-shi, Saitama 356-8533, Japan
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School of International Humanities and Social Science, J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo 194-0294, Japan
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Behav. Sci. 2018, 8(10), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs8100091
Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 19 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 30 September 2018
This study hypothesized that moisturizing treatment of the skin has a positive effect on psychological and physiological aspects. In this experiment, the effect of touch with moisturizer for two minutes on the lower legs was measured in terms of brain activity, heart rate, and center of gravity unrest (X axis) in 10 healthy male and female experiment participants. The Right Laterality Ratio Score decreased after treatment, suggesting a relaxation effect of the treatment. Although it was not statistically significant, a decrease was observed. Heart rate decreased after the treatment at a level of statistical significance (p < 0.01), suggesting a relaxation effect of the treatment. Center of gravity unrest (X axis) increased after the treatment with statistical significance (p < 0.05). Therefore, skin moisturizing treatment was found to be effective both psychologically and physiologically in this experiment. The finding is expected to be applied to the field of nursing to support elderly people to enhance their mental well-being and balancing ability. View Full-Text
Keywords: touch; skin; body and mind touch; skin; body and mind
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Hitomi, T.; Yachi, C.T.; Yamaguchi, H. An Experiment on the Psychological and Physiological Effects of Skin Moisturization on Lower Legs—In Expectation of Application to Nursing Practice at Hospitals. Behav. Sci. 2018, 8, 91.

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