The Effect of Slow Stroke Back Massage On Intensity of Pain In Elderly With Rheumatic Arthritis
Elderly who experience rheumatic generally complain of pain which has an impact on decreasing the productivity of life in the elderly. The research design was a pre experimental design with the One Group Pretest-Posttest Design approach. Population of 35 people. The sampling method uses total sampling. Analysis used the Wilcoxon test with α = 0.05. Showed that of the 35 respondents before being given the Slow Stroke Back Massage, most of them had moderate pain levels, namely 18 respondents (51.4%). After being given a slow stroke back massage, most of them had a mild pain level, namely 19 respondents (54.3%). The Wilcoxon test results show p-value = 0,000 ≤ a = 0.05, Slow stroke back massage therapy only acts as a supportive therapy and does not replace the role of pharmacological therapy. Collaboration with doctors is needed in providing pain relievers or other supportive therapies.