3 evaluation methods of reflexology in lumbar vertebral pathology

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Optical, spectroscopic, and Doppler evaluation of "normal" and "abnormal" reflexology areas in lumbar vertebral pathology: a case study


Scientific validation of reflexology requires an in-depth and noninvasive evaluation of “reflexology/reflex areas” in health and disease. The present paper reports the differential properties of “normal” and “abnormal” reflexology areas related to the lumbar vertebrae in a subject suffering from low back pain.

The pathology is supported by radiological evidence. The reflexology target regions were clinically assessed with respect to colour and tenderness in response to finger pressure.

Grey scale luminosity and pain intensity, as assessed by visual analogue scale scores, differentiated “normal” from “abnormal” skin. Skin swept source-optical coherence tomography recorded their structural differences.

Infrared thermography revealed temperature variations. A laser Doppler study using a combined microcirculation and transcutaneous oxygen monitoring system indicated alterations in blood flow and oxygen perfusion.

Raman spectroscopy showed differences in chemical signatures between these areas. The present findings may indicate a potential correlation between the reflexology areas and subsurface pathological changes, showing an association with the healthy or unhealthy status of the lumbar vertebrae.


Dalal K, Elanchezhiyan D, Maran VB, et al. Optical, spectroscopic, and Doppler evaluation of “normal” and “abnormal” reflexology areas in lumbar vertebral pathology: a case study. Case Rep Med. 2012;2012:904729. doi:10.1155/2012/904729

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 ποικίλες αξιολογήσεις των στοχευόμενων δερματικών και υποδόριων περιοχών έδειξαν διαφορές στα χαρακτηριστικά των «φυσιολογικών» και «μη φυσιολογικών» περιοχών ρεφλεξολογίας σε έναν ασθενή με πόνο στη μέση.

Οι κλινικές, δομικές, μοριακές, θερμικές και λειτουργικές διαφορές μεταξύ αυτών των δύο περιοχών μπορούσαν να αναγνωριστούν και τα ευρήματα ήταν ενδεικτικά των φλεγμονωδών αλλαγών.

Τα ευρήματα της παρούσας μελέτης, εάν επεκταθούν σε περισσότερα υποκείμενα, μπορούν να βοηθήσουν στην ανάπτυξη μιας τεκμηριωμένης τεχνικής για τη συσχέτιση των δερματικών αλλαγών με την παθολογία της οσφύς.

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