Objective: This study was intended to examine the effect of foot reflexology on RA patients’ pain and sleep quality.
Methods: This is a randomized controlled trial and was held at the “Rheumatology Follow-up Polyclinic” in Turkey between January-July 2015. A total of 60 patients were included in the research. A sociodemographic data form, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) were used. Foot Reflexology was administered to the experimental group.
Results: The research found that the pain scores of the experimental group were statistically more significant than those of the control group (p < .01). The experimental group’s average pain was reduced by the six weeks of foot reflexology. The total PSQI score of the experimental group was lowered.
Conclusions: Foot reflexology is a non-pharmacological nursing intervention that may reduce the pain and sleep deprivation symptoms of RA patients.
Bakir E, Baglama SS, Gursoy S. The effects of reflexology on pain and sleep deprivation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 May;31:315-319. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.02.017. Epub 2018 Mar 1. PMID: 29705475.
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 πελματιαία ρεφλεξολογία είναι μια μη φαρμακευτική παρέμβαση φροντίδας που μπορεί να μειώσει τον πόνο και τα συμπτώματα στέρησης ύπνου των ασθενών με ρευματοειδή αρθρίτιδα.