Randomized Controlled Trial, 37 (2), 214-9 Feet Reflexology Reducing Pain in Women With Migraines
Objective: To evaluate the effects of feet reflexology versus segmental massage in reducing pain and its intensity, frequency and duration of the attacks in females suffering from migraine.
Methods: Forty eight females aged 33-58, suffering from migraine for 2 to 10 years were included in this study from November 2013 to November 2015. The study protocol was carried out in Department of Chronic Diseases at the Regional Hospital in Zywiec.
In the reflexology group (RG) the patients received a series of 10 treatments 2 times per week; in the segmental massage group (SMG) the patients received a series of 15 treatments 3 times per week.
Pain during migraines attacks was assessed using the visual analog scale (VAS), and headache features such as intensity (IA), frequency (FA) and duration (DA) of attacks were assessed before the treatment, just after the treatment, 3 months after the treatment.
Results: All variables (VAS, IA, FA and DA) decreased within RG and SMG 3 months after the treatment in compare with the baseline values, and the differences were statistically significant. The differences between groups were also statistically significant.
Conclusion: Feet reflexology and segmental massage provide a safe alternative for the pharmacological treatment of migraines. The patients with migraines obtain significant health benefits with feet reflexology.
Feet Reflexology Reducing Pain in Women With Migraines
Wojciech K, Pawel L, Halina RZ. Effects of feet reflexology versus segmental massage in reducing pain and its intensity, frequency and duration of the attacks in females with migraine: a pilot study. J Tradit Chin Med. 2017;37(2):214–219. doi:10.1016/s0254-6272(17)30047-x
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- General methods used
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In the reflexology group the patients received a series of 10 treatments 2 times per week. The reflexology time did not exceed 30 min. First, the treatment was administered to the left foot and then the right foot(15 min each).
Conducting reflexology, first of all, the relaxation technique was used from the footstalk toward the sole (plantar surfaces) at the beginning of the session. Then, four major plantar reflexology points (solar plexus, pituitary, heart and liver)were put under pressure using the thumbs.
The other reflexology areas of the plantar surface of the foot were also massaged and finally intervention was put to an end with massaging the solar plexus.
Στην ομάδα ρεφλεξολογίας οι ασθενείς έλαβαν μια σειρά από 10 συνεδρίες 2 φορές την εβδομάδα. Ο χρόνος ρεφλεξολογίας δεν ξεπέρασε τα 30 λεπτά. Η ρεφλεξολογία αρχικά χορηγήθηκε στο αριστερό πόδι και μετά στο δεξί πόδι (15 λεπτά το καθένα).
Πρώτα από όλα, τεχνικές χαλάρωσης χρησιμοποιήθηκαν από τη πτέρνα και με ανοδικές κινήσεις στην πελματιαία επιφάνεια, κατά την έναρξη της συνεδρίας. Στη συνέχεια, τέσσερα κύρια ρεφλεξολογικά σημεία (ηλιακό πλέγμα, υπόφυση, καρδιά και ήπαρ) τέθηκαν υπό πίεση χρησιμοποιώντας τους αντίχειρες.
Οι άλλες περιοχές της ραχιαίας και της πελματιαίας επιφάνειας του ποδιού επίσης μαλάσσονταν καταλήγοντας σε μάλαξη του ηλιακού πλέγματος.