Purpose: This study aims to identify the effects of foot reflexology applied to women on their vasomotor complaints and quality of life.
Methods: A randomised controlled study was conducted with 120 women. The experimental group received foot reflexology treatment, while the control group received nonspecific foot massage.
Results: The mean scores for hot flashes, sweats, and night sweats, were lower in the reflexology group than the control group after the practice; and the difference between the groups was statistically significant (p < 0.001). The mean scores for the sub-groups of the MENQOL demonstrated improvements in both groups after the application (p < 0.001). As for the sexual domain, there was a significant improvement in the reflexology group (p < 0.05), but no improvements were found in the control group (p > 0.05).
Conclusion: Results showed that reflexology might be effective in decreasing vasomotor problems and increasing quality of life in women in the menopausal period.
Keywords: Menopause; Nursing; Quality of life; Reflexology; Vasomotor symptoms.
Gozuyesil E, Baser M. The effect of foot reflexology applied to women aged between 40 and 60 on vasomotor complaints and quality of life. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.05.011. Epub 2016 May 24. PMID: 27502805.
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 έδειξαν ότι η ρεφλεξολογία μπορεί να είναι αποτελεσματική στη μείωση των αγγειοκινητικών προβλημάτων και στην αύξηση της ποιότητας ζωής στις γυναίκες κατά την εμμηνόπαυση.