Effects of reflexology on fibromyalgia symptoms: a multiple case study

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Effects of reflexology on fibromyalgia symptoms: a multiple case study


Purpose: To explore the effects of reflexology on pain and other symptoms in women with fibromyalgia syndrome [FM].

Methods: Multiple case study method as developed by Stake was used to investigate the effects of reflexology on six cases of women with FM which were given ten sessions of weekly reflexology. Data were collected with observation, interviews and diary and then analyzed within cases and across cases.

Results: Reflexology affected the symptom of pain in multiple areas such as head, neck and arms. Pain started to isolate and decrease.

Conclusion: Reflexology may be helpful to decrease fibromyalgia symptoms. Qualitative research methods and individually tailored interventions are important when researching complementary and alternative therapies.


Gunnarsdottir TJ, Peden-McAlpine C. Effects of reflexology on fibromyalgia symptoms: a multiple case study. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Aug;16(3):167-172. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.01.006. Epub 2010 Feb 10. PMID: 20621279.

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:

Η ρεφλεξολογία μπορεί να είναι χρήσιμη για τη μείωση των συμπτωμάτων της ινομυαλγίας. Οι ποιοτικές ερευνητικές μέθοδοι και οι εξατομικευμένες παρεμβάσεις είναι σημαντικές κατά την έρευνα συμπληρωματικών και εναλλακτικών θεραπειών.

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