Somatotopical relationships between cortical activity and reflex areas in reflexology: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study

5 mins read
Somatotopical relationships between cortical activity and reflex areas in reflexology: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study

Abstract

We examined the somatotopical relationship between cortical activity and sensory stimulation of reflex areas in reflexology using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Three reflex areas on the left foot, relating to the eye, shoulder, and small intestine were stimulated during the experiment. A statistical analysis showed that reflexological stimulation of the foot reflex areas corresponding to the eye, shoulder, and small intestine activated not only the somatosensory areas corresponding to the foot, but also the somatosensory areas corresponding to the eye, shoulder, and small intestine or neighboring body parts. Thus, the findings showed that reflexological stimulation induced a somatosensory process corresponding to the stimulated reflex area and that a neuroimaging approach can be used to examine the basis of reflexology effects.

Citation:

Nakamaru T, Miura N, Fukushima A, Kawashima R. Somatotopical relationships between cortical activity and reflex areas in reflexology: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Neurosci Lett. 2008 Dec 19;448(1):6-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2008.10.022. Epub 2008 Oct 14. PMID: 18938220.

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:

Τα ευρήματα έδειξαν ότι η ρεφλεξολογική διέγερση προκάλεσε μια σωματοαισθητηριακή διαδικασία που αντιστοιχεί στην  περιοχή διέγερσης του αντανακλαστικού και ότι μια νευροαπεικονιστική προσέγγιση μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί για να εξετάσει τη βάση των επιδράσεων της ρεφλεξολογίας.

Full pdf of the research paper

Nakamaru-2008-Somatotopical-relationships-between
Previous publication

The effects of reflexology on anxiety, depression and quality of life in patients with gynecological cancers with reference to Watson’s theory of human caring

Next publication

A randomised-controlled trail examining the effects of reflexology of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)