Reflexology and rheumatoid arthritis fatigue | 7 Studies

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arthritis The role of non-pharmacological interventions -including reflexology- in the management of rheumatoid arthritis related fatigue.

The role of non-pharmacological interventions -including reflexology- in the management of rheumatoid-arthritis-related fatigue.


Non-pharmacological interventions may be beneficial in the management of rheumatoid arthritis related fatigue. A narrative review was undertaken, with a focus upon research published in the past 6 years.

Seven studies were identified, four focusing upon physical activity, two on psychosocial interventions and one that investigated aromatherapy and reflexology.

Findings supported previous evidence that physical activity and psychosocial interventions have potential to produce small to moderate reductions in fatigue related to rheumatoid arthritis.

Reflexology and aromatherapy interventions also appeared promising. Limitations to the evidence included lack of consistency in fatigue measurement, and minimal data on long-term outcomes and cost effectiveness.

The wide range of physical activity interventions prevent specific recommendations. For psychosocial interventions the strongest evidence is for group-based cognitive behavioural approaches.

There was lack of consideration given to fatigue mechanisms and intervention design. Due to the complexity of fatigue, future research exploring personalized approaches is warranted.


fatigue; non-pharmacological; physical activity; psychosocial; rheumatoid arthritis


Cramp F. The role of non-pharmacological interventions in the management of rheumatoid-arthritis-related fatigue. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2019;58(Supplement_5):v22–v28. doi:10.1093/rheumatology/kez310

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Reflexology was applied for 40 mins, 1 session every week for 6 weeks.

H ρεφλεξολογία ασκήθηκε για 40 λεπτά σε κάθε εβδομαδιαία συνεδρία για διάρκεια 6 εβδομάδων.

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