publication . Article . 2012

P02.46. Double blind randomised controlled study of the acute (immediate) cardiovascular effects of reflexology in healthy volunteers and cardiac patients

Jones J; Thomson P; Lauder W; Leslie S;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2012 Journal: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, volume 12, issue Suppl 1, pages P102-P102 (eissn: 1472-6882, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: BioMed Central
Abstract
Purpose Reflexology is one of the top six complementary therapies used in the UK. Reflexologists claim that massage to specific points of the feet increases blood supply to referred or ‘mapped’ organs in the body. Empirical evidence to validate this claim is scarce. This three-phase study measured changes in cardiovascular parameters in subjects receiving reflexology treatment applied to specific areas of the foot which are thought to correspond to the heart (intervention) compared with reflexology applied to other areas on the foot which are not (control). Methods 16 reflexology-naive healthy volunteers, 12 reflexologynaive patients with chronic artery disease ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Poster Presentation, Other systems of medicine, RZ201-999, Complementary and alternative medicine, General Medicine, Stroke volume, Cardiac output, Reflexology, Massage, Heart failure, medicine.disease, medicine, Heart rate, Physical therapy, medicine.medical_specialty, business.industry, business, Blood pressure, Cardiac index
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NIH| International Research Conference on Integrative Medicine
Project
  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 3R13AT007128-01S1
  • Funding stream: NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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