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Kevser Sevgi Unal, Reva Balci Akpinar
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine the effectiveness of foot reflexology and back massage on optimizing the sleep quality and reducing the fatigue of hemodialysis patients. METHODS: The study includes 105 volunteer patients who were registered at a private dialysis clinic and were receiving hemodialysis treatment. Foot reflexology and back massage were administered to the patients two times a week for four weeks. The Visual Analogue Scale for Fatigue and the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index were used to collect data...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Ebru Gozuyesil, Muruvvet Baser
PURPOSE: This study aims to identify the effects of foot reflexology applied to women on their vasomotor complaints and quality of life. METHODS: A randomised controlled study was conducted with 120 women. The experimental group received foot reflexology treatment, while the control group received nonspecific foot massage. RESULTS: The mean scores for hot flashes, sweats, and night sweats, were lower in the reflexology group than the control group after the practice; and the difference between the groups was statistically significant (p < 0...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Yasemin Aydin, Ergul Aslan, Onay Yalcin
This study is to determine the effect of foot reflexology on the level of depression in women with OAB. Study findings included in the study showed foot reflexology as a part of OAB treatment relieved urinary and depressive symptoms and had a positive effect on quality of life.
September 2016: Holistic Nursing Practice
Merry L Schlegel, Jeanne L Whalen, Pilar M Williamsen
BACKGROUND: High-risk pregnancies that require lengthy hospitalization can cause anxiety and stress for pregnant women. Integrative medicine therapies may be beneficial for this population, but have not been widely studied. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate potential effects of acupuncture, guided imagery, Healing Touch, massage therapy, and reflexology on pain and anxiety of hospitalized pregnant women. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the effects of integrative medicine therapies was conducted; N = 554 individual therapies were provided to hospitalized women with high-risk pregnancies...
July 29, 2016: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
Andrew McVicar, Christina Greenwood, Carol Ellis, Chantelle LeForis
BACKGROUND: Interpretation of the efficacy of reflexology is hindered by inconsistent research designs and complicated by professional views that criteria of randomized controlled trials (RCTs)are not ideal to research holistic complementary and alternative medicine practice. The influence of research designs on study outcomes is not known. This integrative review sought to evaluate this possibility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-seven interventional studies (2000-2014) were identified; they had RCT or non-RCT design and compared reflexology outcomes against a control/comparison group...
September 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Seemin Dashti, Mehraban Shahmari, Ahmad Mirzaaghazadeh, Mohammad Mirzaaghazadeh
BACKGROUND: There are some non-invasive and affordable treatments for asthma with fewer side effects, such as reflexology and olive oil foot massage in complementary and alternative medicine. There is a lack of studies regarding the efficacy of olive oil foot massage and reflexology for asthma control. This study was done to investigate the effect of foot reflexology and olive oil foot massage on asthma control. METHODS: This randomized controlled clinical trial study was performed in 2013 on 45 adult patients suffered from asthma...
2016: Global Journal of Health Science
Ciara Close, Marlene Sinclair, Dianne Liddle, Julie Mc Cullough, Ciara Hughes
OBJECTIVE: to explore the experiences of women suffering low back and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy. DESIGN: a qualitative design using focus groups. Each group was recorded with a digital audio recorder and analysed using the Newell and Burnard framework for thematic analysis. SETTING: an urban maternity hospital. PARTICIPANTS: a self-selecting sample of 14 women who had taken part in a pilot randomised controlled trial investigating reflexology for pregnancyrelated low back and / or pelvic pain...
June 2016: Midwifery
Nahid Shahgholian, Shahrzad Khojandi Jazi, Jahangir Karimian, Mahboubeh Valiani
BACKGROUND: Restless leg syndrome prevalence is high among the patients undergoing hemodialysis. Due to several side effects of medicational treatments, the patients prefer non-medicational methods. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the effects of two methods of reflexology and stretching exercises on the severity of restless leg syndrome among patients undergoing hemodialysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study is a randomized clinical trial that was done on 90 qualified patients undergoing hemodialysis in selected hospitals of Isfahan, who were diagnosed with restless leg syndrome through standard restless leg syndrome questionnaire...
May 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
Judith Whatley, Rachael Street, Sally Kay, Philip E Harris
PURPOSE: The aim of this feasibility study was to examine the use of reflexology lymphatic drainage (RLD) in the treatment of breast-cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) with a view to further research. METHODS: An uncontrolled trial was conducted with 26 women who had developed lymphoedema in one arm following treatment for breast cancer. Changes in upper-limb volumes and in participant concerns and wellbeing were measured. Qualitative data were also collected. RESULTS: A significant reduction in the volume of the affected arm was identified at follow-up compared to baseline...
May 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Richard J Harvey, Saiful Alam Hannan, Lydia Badia, Glenis Scadding
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2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Zehra Gok Metin, Leyla Ozdemir
Nonpharmacologic interventions for symptom management in patients with rheumatoid arthritis are underinvestigated. Limited data suggest that aromatherapy massage and reflexology may help to reduce pain and fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The aim of this study was to examine and compare the effects of aromatherapy massage and reflexology on pain and fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The study sample was randomly assigned to either an aromatherapy massage (n = 17), reflexology (n = 17) or the control group (n = 17)...
April 2016: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Benedicte S Strøm, Siri Ytrehus, Ellen-Karine Grov
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of available sensory stimulation interventions, and their effect on persons with dementia and to present theoretical and methodological characteristics of the studies included. BACKGROUND: Different sensory stimulation interventions are used for persons with dementia to increase alertness, reduce agitation and improve quality of life. However, the effect of these interventions is not clear, neither are their characteristics...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Hatice Polat, Seher Ergüney
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of reflexology on reducing dyspnea and fatigue in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN/METHODS: The study was conducted as a pretest-posttest experimental design. The population of the study consisted of 60 patients (30 in experimental group and 30 in control group). Patient Description Form, Baseline Dyspnea Index (BDI) and Visual Analogue Scale-Fatigue (VAS-F) were used to collect the data...
March 9, 2016: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Andy Byford
In the early 20(th) century the child population became a major focus of scientific, professional and public interest. This led to the crystallization of a dynamic field of child science, encompassing developmental and educational psychology, child psychiatry and special education, school hygiene and mental testing, juvenile criminology and the anthropology of childhood. This article discusses the role played in child science by the eminent Russian neurologist and psychiatrist Vladimir Mikhailovich Bekhterev...
2016: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Samuel Attias, Lital Keinan Boker, Zahi Arnon, Eran Ben-Arye, Ayala Bar'am, Gideon Sroka, Ibrahim Matter, Mostafa Somri, Elad Schiff
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Preoperative anxiety is commonly reported by people undergoing surgery. A significant number of studies have found a correlation between preoperative anxiety and post-operative morbidity. Various methods of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) were found to be effective in alleviating preoperative anxiety. This study examined the relative effectiveness of various individual and generic CAM methods combined with standard treatment (ST) in relieving preoperative anxiety, in comparison with ST alone...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Amanda J Holmstrom, Gwen K Wyatt, Alla Sikorskii, Catherine Musatics, Emily Stolz, Neala Havener
PURPOSE: As home-based care continues to be a growing trend in health care, involvement of friend and family caregivers in the management of illness becomes essential. However, before nurses can prepare caregivers to engage in various types of care, an evidence base needs to be established via randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Research suggests that recruiting cancer patients and their friend or family caregivers into RCTs presents challenges. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the barriers to recruitment of patient-caregiver dyads into a RCT of caregiver-delivered reflexology and to recommend strategies to address such barriers...
February 2016: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
Kirsty Rollinson, Jenny Jones, Norma Scott, Ian L Megson, Stephen J Leslie
BACKGROUND: Reflexology is a widely used complementary therapy. The effects of reflexology on the cardiovascular system are not well characterised. Arterial stiffness (compliance) is a marker of vascular health. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of reflexology on arterial compliance in healthy volunteers. METHODS: 12 healthy volunteers (1 male; 11 female; mean age 44.8 ± 10.8 yrs) received 10 min of reflexology on each foot in a single-blind randomised study...
February 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
N Çakici, T M Fakkel, J W van Neck, A P Verhagen, J H Coert
AIM: To evaluate treatment options for neuropathic pain and sensory symptoms resulting from diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet. METHODS: The databases PubMed, Embase and Web-of-Science were searched for randomized controlled trials, published in the period from database inception to 2 July 2015, that evaluated treatments for diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet with placebo or standard treatment as comparators. Participants in these trials included people with diabetes mellitus and diabetic peripheral neuropathy who were given any treatment for diabetic peripheral neuropathy...
January 29, 2016: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
Adriana do Nascimento Martins, Ana Leonor Abrahão Nencioni, Ana Leticia Coronado Dorce, Maria Eliza F V Paulo, Eduardo Osório Frare, Valquíria Abrão Coronado Dorce
Scorpion stings are a public health problem in Brazil and lactating women may be affected. We aimed to study the effects of Tityus bahiensis venom in the offspring of rats treated during lactation. Mothers received a subcutaneous injection of saline (1.0ml/kg) or venom (2.5mg/kg) or an intraperitoneal injection of LPS (lipopolysaccharide) (100μg/kg) on postnatal (PN) days 2 (PN2), 10 (PN10) or 16 (PN16). The offspring were evaluated during the childhood and adulthood. Pups showed a delay in physical and reflexological development, and a decrease in motor activity...
January 2016: Reproductive Toxicology
Nurul Haswani Embong, Yee Chang Soh, Long Chiau Ming, Tin Wui Wong
Reflexology is basically a study of how one part of the human body relates to another part of the body. Reflexology practitioners rely on the reflexes map of the feet and hands to all the internal organs and other human body parts. They believe that by applying the appropriate pressure and massage certain spots on the feet and hands, all other body parts could be energized and rejuvenated. This review aimed to revisit the concept of reflexology and examine its effectiveness, practices, and the training for reflexology practitioners...
October 2015: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
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