2019: Growing scientific and medical interest in Reflexology

2019: Reflexology is more present than ever in the medical and scientific media. 

The growing interest in this natural and complementary therapy has boosted scientific investigation and lead to many new relevant medical articles that underline: 

  • The physical, mental, and emotional health benefits to be gained from Reflexology, 
  • and how it generally improves Quality of Life.

Here are a few articles: 

Effects of reflexology on premenstrual syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Source:  PubMed - 24 October 2019 - Publisher: BioPsychoSocial medicine 
Results of the present study indicated that the reflexology could relieve PMS symptoms, so that overall scores, somatic and psychological symptoms of PMS decreased by applying the reflexology intervention.  

A systematic review association of reflexology in managing symptoms and side effects of breast cancer treatment. Source:  PubMed - 25 November 2019 - Publisher: Complementary therapies in clinical practice  
The results showed that reflexology is associated with benefits for both psychological and physical aspects. Reflexology was reported to improve quality of life  

The effectiveness of aromatherapy, massage and reflexology in people with palliative care needs: A systematic review. Source:  PubMed - 29 October 2019 - Publisher: Palliative medicine 
There was some evidence  that compared to an active control, reflexology reduced pain.  

Multiple Sclerosis and complementary health approaches. 19 November 2019 - Publisher: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health 
The American Academy of Neurology issued evidence-based guidelines on complementary and alternative medicine use for MS and concluded that evidence was available to develop practice recommendations for use of reflexology  

Could complementary health approaches improve the symptom experience and outcomes of critically ill adults? A systematic review of randomized controlled trials.Source:  PubMed - 07 September 2019 - Publisher: Complementary therapies in medicine 
No study-related adverse events or safety-related concerns were reported. There were statistically significant improvements in pain, anxiety, sleep, level of arousal, and duration of mechanical ventilation with reflexology. Evidence suggests CHAs including reflexolgy may reduce the symptom burden of critically ill adults.

Complementary Therapies Evidence-based information to help you self-manage your cancer experience Source:  Penny Brohn Cancer Care - 01 August 2019 
There is growing evidence to support reflexology as being effective in reducing cancer related pain and anxiety. Reflexology may also lead to reduction of fatigue and improved mood and quality of life

A systematic review of complementary and alternative medicine in oncology: Psychological and physical effects of manipulative and body-based practices.Source:  PubMed - 17 October 2019 - Publisher: PloS one 
Most results showed positive and significant effects on symptom outcomes especially pain and fatigue. Reflexology may also improve quality of life and mood. 

Coping with your feelings Source:  Marie Curie - 01 April 2019 
Complementary therapies are given alongside your regular medical treatment. They focus on your wellbeing and may help you to feel more relaxed or to sleep better. They can also be used to relieve pain and tension in the body. Reflexology is a complementary therapy.