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Back Pain and Reflexology

Foot reflexology is both a diagnostic technique and therapy. It is an alternative therapy which is considered useful in pain management. Its effectiveness as a therapy has been studied at the Mestre hospital where a clinical study has been undertaken to determine the effectiveness of reflexology in the reduction of pain. A group of 40 persons suffering almost exclusively from a lumbar-sacral disc hernia received three treatments of reflexology massage for a week. The results found that 25 persons (62.5%) reported a reduction in pain.
- Degan M, Fabris F, Vanin F, Bevilacqua M, Genova V, Mazzucco M, Negrisolo A, "The effectiveness of foot reflexotherapy on chronic pain associated with a herniated disk," Prof Inferm. 2000 Apr-Jun;53(2):80-7.

Reflexology appears to offer promise as an adjunct treatment in the management of lower back pain.
- Focus Altern Complement Ther 2005; 10: 44. Reflexology in the treatment of low back pain: a pilot RCT. Quinn F., Baxter D., Hughes C.

The quantitative data suggest that reflexology was not effective for managing chronic lower back pain, while the qualitative data suggest otherwise. This incongruence between results raises an important question for the design of research studies into the efficacy of alternative medicines.
- Focus Altern Complement Ther 2002; 7: 105–6. Evaluating the efficacy of reflexology for the management of chronic low back pain. Poole H., Murphy P., Glenn S.

Reflexology Information

last update: April 2009

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