People often ask if there are any evidence-based studies to substantiate the claims clients make of reflexology. There are hundreds.
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorder, millions of people around the world use it to compliment other treatments when addressing their ailments.
Most studies investigate whether or not reflexology has a positive effect on specific health challenges. Studies that explore the mechanism or route by which reflexology actually works – the “how of it” are extremely expensive to conduct, so most studies have not focused on that goal.
Research studies around the world indicate possible benefits of reflexology for various conditions, particularly as an intervention to reduce pain, enhance relaxation, and reduce psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. However reviewers of the research have noted that the quality of reflexology studies is mixed and more high-quality research is needed.
Dr Carol Samuel, University of Portsmouth, who is a trained reflexologist and who carried out the experimental procedures as part of her PhD studies, said it was the first time this therapy had been scientifically tested as a treatment for acute pain.
She said the results suggested that reflexology could be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers.
The National Insitute for Health and Clinical Execellence (NICE) have a listing of research into Reflexology, Reflexology Research. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care in the National Health service
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