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