The effects of reflexology on pain and sleep deprivation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized controlled trial

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The effects of reflexology on pain and sleep deprivation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized controlled trial

Abstract

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.

Citation:

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.

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