Reflexology on Pain in 30 Patients With Fibromyalgia

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Effects of Reflexology on Pain in Patients With Fibromyalgia


The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of reflexology on pain intensity in patients with fibromyalgia, using an experimental repeated-measures design, and a convenience sample of 30 fibromyalgia inpatients.

Thirty patients aged 18 to 70 years with fibromyalgia and hospitalized in the algology clinic were taken as a convenience sample. Patients received a total of 12 60-minute sessions of reflexology over a period of 6 consecutive weeks.

Reflexology was carried out bilaterally on the hands and feet of patients at the reflex points relating to their pain at a suitable intensity and angle. Subjects had pain scores taken immediately before the intervention (0 minute), and at the 60th minute of the intervention. Data were collected over a 10-month period in 2012.

The patients’ mean pain intensity scores were reduced by reflexology, and this decrease improved progressively in the first and sixth weeks of the intervention, indicating a cumulative dose effect. The results of this study implied that the inclusion of reflexology in the routine care of patients with fibromyalgia could provide nurses with an effective practice for reducing pain intensity in these patients.


Akin Korhan E, Uyar M, Eyigör C, Yönt GH, Khorshid L. Effects of Reflexology on Pain in Patients With Fibromyalgia. Holist Nurs Pract. 2016 Nov/Dec;30(6):351-359. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000178. PMID: 27763930.

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.

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Τα αποτελέσματα αυτής της μελέτης δείχνουν ότι η συμπερίληψη της ρεφλεξολογίας στη συνήθη φροντίδα των ασθενών με ινομυαλγία θα μπορούσε να παρέχει στις νοσοκόμες μια αποτελεσματική πρακτική για τη μείωση της έντασης του πόνου σε αυτούς τους ασθενείς.

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