A pragmatic case series of clients living with medically diagnosed migraines self-referred to reflexology

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A pragmatic case series of clients living with medically diagnosed migraines self-referred to reflexology

Abstract

Background and purpose: Migraine affects approximately 2% of the population of the UK with around 190,000 people experiencing a migraine daily. This study investigated the effectiveness of reflexology on migraine symptoms provided under pragmatic, personally funded conditions.

Materials and methods: Data was gathered on a case series of 20 reflexology clients with medically diagnosed migraine. All participants self-referred to a member of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR). The Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) was completed at each appointment. All participants received six reflexology sessions.

Results: In terms of an improvement in the overall MYMOP profile, 75% (n = 15) of clients had an improvement of two or more points. The minimal clinically important difference for the MYMOP change score is 1.0; this was achieved by 90% (n = 18) of participants. The mean difference in scores for each of the MYMOP aspects was calculated and the greatest improvement was found with symptom 1, their chosen primary symptom, which changed an average of 3.40 points (95% CI: 2.35, 4.45.)

CONCLUSION: The results indicate the potential for reflexology to relieve the symptoms of migraine.

Keywords: Case series; Complementary therapy; Migraines; Reflexology.

Citation:

Smith TA, Thurgood SL. A pragmatic case series of clients living with medically diagnosed migraines self-referred to reflexology. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2020 Nov;41:101230. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2020.101230. Epub 2020 Sep 4. PMID: 33007655.

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