12 Caregivers of children with cerebral palsy about reflexology

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Opinions and observations of caregivers of children with cerebral palsy about changes seen after reflexology: A qualitative study

Abstract

The aim of this research was to examine the effect of reflexology on the problems of children with cerebral palsy from perspective of caregivers. Qualitative study was made after 24-session reflexology program. 12 caregivers who have 2-18 year-old children with spastic type cerebral palsy receiving special education and received reflexology. The thematic questions were determined and in-depth interviews were conducted. Themes of the study were determined as; the caregiver’s views on reflexology, the effect of reflexology on health of children with CP and the caregivers’ observations on child after reflexology therapy, positive and negative aspects and causes of reflexology treatment. As a results; the caregivers expressed that there were increases in self-confidence of children, improvement in walking, reduced spasticity, relaxation, decreases in constipation, and increases in communication, speech and perception after reflexology.

Keywords: Caregivers; Cerebral palsy; Qualitative research; Reflexology.

Citation:

Özkan F, Zincir H. Opinions and observations of caregivers of children with cerebral palsy about changes seen after reflexology: A qualitative study. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 May;31:242-247. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.03.011. Epub 2018 Mar 15. PMID: 29705462.

The conclusion of this research paper in Greek

The purpose of this section is to make this research paper useful to Greek speaking reflexologists. This is a tool developed by the Center of Reflexology and Research (Κέντρο Ρεφλεξολογίας και Έρευνας) in Greece and supervised volunteers from across the world.

Μετάφραση των συμπερασμάτων της συγκεκριμένης έρευνας:

Οι φροντιστές εξέφρασαν ότι μετά τη ρεφλεξολογία υπήρξαν αυξήσεις στην αυτοπεποίθηση των παιδιών, βελτίωση στο περπάτημα, μειωμένη σπαστικότητα, χαλάρωση, μείωση της δυσκοιλιότητας και αύξηση της επικοινωνίας, του λόγου και της αντίληψης.

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