Monday, February 11, 2013

What Does Reflexology Research Show?

Research has shown the specific techniques of reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways, impacting a variety of physical and psychological concerns. This discussion notes results gathered from year-long research project of 170 reflexology studiesfrom 21 countries with fhindings published inEvidence-Based Reflexology Research for Health Professionals and Researchers(Kunz and Kunz, 2008, RRP Press, ebook, 224 pages).

The studies were selected among those available because the abstract or full study information included anindication of dosing—how much reflexology work lead to reported results. This included information about the frequency (how often) and/or duration (how long) of technique application.They, thus, met the major goals of this research—assessing reflexology research to determineparameters for success or failure with reflexology technique application in reference to dosinginformation.

Assessment of the 170 studies showed nine areas of effectiveness for reflexology application:relaxation, pain reduction, ameliorating of health concerns, improvement in blood flow, aid topost operative recovery, impacts physiological measures such as blood pressure, enhances medicalcare, eases pregnancy, delivery and post-partum effects, benefits mental health, eases pregnancy,delivery and post-partum effects and complements cancer care.


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