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Assessing The Effects Of Dance On Menstrual Symptoms

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Assessing The Effects Of Dance On Menstrual Symptoms
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19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
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Grinberg, Danielle
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Dance has the potential to be an effective approach for reducing menstrual symptoms. Physical activity and mindfulness have been found to reduce menstrual symptoms. While there are limited findings on dance and menstrual symptoms, there are studies that suggest a need for more research. The current study is designed to assess the potential impact of dancing on menstrual pain among University of Florida dance majors and minors. Surveys administered over a three-month period of time are being used to evaluate participant’s physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms during the first three days of their menstrual cycle with measurement points before and after participation in a dance class. At its endpoint, the study will evaluate the change in physical, emotional, and behavior symptoms and to determine if dance has the potential to be an effective method for menstrual symptom relief. ( en )
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Research authors: Danielle Grinberg - University of Florida
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University Scholars Program
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Faculty Mentor: Dance has the potential to be an effective approach for reducing menstrual symptoms. Physical activity and mindfulness have been found to reduce menstrual symptoms. While there are limited findings on dance and menstrual symptoms, there are studies that suggest a need for more research. The current study is designed to assess the potential impact of dancing on menstrual pain among University of Florida dance majors and minors. Surveys administered over a three-month period of time are being used to evaluate participant’s physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms during the first three days of their menstrual cycle with measurement points before and after participation in a dance class. At its endpoint, the study will evaluate the change in physical, emotional, and behavior symptoms and to determine if dance has the potential to be an effective method for menstrual symptom relief. - Center for Undergraduate Research, University Scholars Program

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Assessing the Effects of Dance on Menstrual Symptoms Danielle Grinberg Although the study is still in progress, the findings suggest an overall reduction in physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms from pre to post dance class participation During the days of menstruation, symptoms such as lower back pain, low abdominal cramping, vomiting loose bowel movements/diarrhea, nausea, lightheadedness, breast tenderness, emotional distress, cravings, bloating in the stomach, and headaches may occur (Center For Young the most used form of treatment is to take an over the coun ter medication. As an alternative way of treatment many women have found physical activity or exercise as well as methods of relaxation therapy to alleviate their menstrual pain. When engaging in a physical activity or exercise, hormonal changes such as an increased level of endorphins begin to flood the body and act as a nonspecific pain killer. Also activities such as aquatic exercises and yoga has been proven to positively impact women when experiencing their period. Within these types of methods and exercises, there are many qualities that are similar to each other such as relaxing the mind, stimulating the senses, flow in activity or movement, weightlessness, strengthening, and stretching. All of these qualities as well as many more can be seen in the art of dance. Severe menstrual symptoms can significantly impact the quality of life of the affected women, interfering with school, employment, interpersonal relationships, family, social life, and lead to increased healthcare utilization, decreased occupational productivity, and absence from work (Tsai, 2016). Supportive evidence has been found on both a physical and psychological scale that dance would be a great and cost effective method to free women of their menstrual pain. Dance encompasses the aspects of physical exercise through many different variations of movement. I believe implementing a study and eventually a program for dance as an alternative method for women suffering from menstrual pain would be a groundbreaking solution to this problem. There is need for more research to be done in the area of menstrual pain and dance as an alternative method of medication and cost effective treatment Background Specific Aims The specific aim of the study is to assess the potential impact of dancing on menstrual pain and other symptoms among University of Florida dance majors and minors The majority of responses have displayed a decrease in physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms between pre and post dance class participation. Conclusions Results www.arts.ufl.edu/cam Acknowledgements To Jill Sonke The School of the Arts, and The Center of Arts in Medicine. Thank you for your kindness and support during this process and providing me with this incredible opportunity. The current study is designed to assess the potential impact of dancing on menstrual pain among University of Florida dance majors and minors. Surveys administered over a three month period of time are being used to evaluate behavioral symptoms during the first three days of their menstrual cycle with measurement points before and after participation in a dance class. At its endpoint, the study will evaluate the change in physical, emotional, and behavior symptoms and to determine if dance has the potential to be an effective method for menstrual symptom relief. Methods 9.5% symptom increase, 14 % no change in symptoms, 76.2 % symptom decrease