Reflexology has no immediate haemodynamic effect in patients with chronic heart failure: a double blind randomised controlled trial

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Reflexology has no immediate haemodynamic effect in patients with chronic heart failure: a double blind randomised controlled trial

Abstract

Aims: This study measured the effects of reflexology in 12 reflexology-naive patients with chronic heart failure in a placebo-controlled, double blind randomised controlled study design.

Method: Outcomes included ‘beat-to-beat’ non-invasive continuous measurement of cardiovascular parameters and measurement of state of anxiety and pain/discomfort.

Results: There were no changes in any of the haemodynamic parameters measured (all p > 0.05). Perceived state of anxiety was significantly reduced post treatment in the control group only (p = 0.03).

Conclusions: Reflexology applied to the feet of patients with chronic heart failure appears to have no immediate haemodynamic effects. While any long term treatment effect is uncertain, it would appear that reflexology is safe for use in this patient group.

Keywords: Cardiac patients; Chronic heart failure; Complementary therapy; Randomised controlled trial; Reflexology.

Citation:

Jones J, Thomson P, Lauder W, Howie K, Leslie SJ. Reflexology has no immediate haemodynamic effect in patients with chronic heart failure: a double blind randomised controlled trial. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2013 Aug;19(3):133-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.03.004. Epub 2013 Apr 25. PMID: 23890459.

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 που εφαρμόζεται στα πόδια των ασθενών με χρόνια καρδιακή ανεπάρκεια φαίνεται ότι δεν έχει άμεσες αιμοδυναμικές επιδράσεις. Παρόλο που οποιοδήποτε μακροχρόνιο αποτέλεσμα θεραπείας είναι αβέβαιο, φαίνεται ότι η ρεφλεξολογία είναι ασφαλής για χρήση σε αυτήν την ομάδα ασθενών.

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