Pain Management through a different mechanism

Several studies have shown reflexology to be effective for pain management in various ways. In a double-blind study conducted in 2017 with nurses, subjects who received a 40 minutes reflexology treatment, three times a week, reported a significant reduction of their chronic back pain. There was a reduction in the intensity of the pain as well as the subjects’ perception of pain. This same decrease in pain was also observed in a group of breast cancer patients who received 30 minutes foot reflexology from a certified reflexology therapist, in a study conducted by scientists from the University of Southern California. A third way reflexology therapy proved effective for pain management was through increasing the pain threshold, which is the point at which pain is starting to be felt. The effects of reflexology on pain intensity, perception of pain and pain threshold was valid in situations of chronic, as well as acute pain.

Less Anxiety through Reflexology

Reflexology therapy received prior to, during or after different medical interventions were successful in reducing the patient’s anxiety scores. Various studies showed this decrease in anxiety through reflexology in specific situations, like women during the first two stages of labour or patients prior to surgery.  Lower anxiety also resulted when Reflexology was used for longer term ailments. Postmenopausal women who received reflexology sessions had decreased levels of anxiety and depression. Lung and breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy also had lower anxiety scores with periodic reflexology therapy.

Relief for the young

Reflexology has been shown to be effective at all stages of life. When performed on infants suffering from colic, a decrease in colic severity was observed. Studies have also shown reflexology to be effective for acute pain management in infants. Children aged between 1-12 years old suffering from chronic constipation, after reflexology sessions, were able to have more bowel movements and saw an overall decrease of all symptoms.

Relief for Seniors

Nursing home patients suffering from mild to moderate dementia were able to reduce their stress and pain levels through daily reflexology therapy. A reduction of stress levels also resulted in better sleep quality and decrease in insomnia for patients who underwent weekly foot reflexology. For the elderly suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, symptoms of fatigue were also alleviated through reflexology.

Cancer

A great complement to cancer treatment. Various studies have demonstrated that as result of using reflexology along with cancer treatments, patients had a better quality of life overall. This is due to reflexology reducing stress levels, anxiety and the intensity of the side effects that patients commonly experience during treatment.