What is Reflexology?

Category: Physical Therapy

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See also: Foot massage

Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. it is based on a system of zones and reflex areas with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 11 5
Stiffness/Spasticity 7 2
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 4 2
Fibromyalgia 3 2
Promote relaxation 3 1
Muscle and joint pain 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 5
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Reflexology

Side effect Patients
Costly (ie money or time) 1
Pain in knees 1
Post exertional fatigue or malaise 1
Symptoms worsened 1
Tiredness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Reflexology

Dosage Patients
45 min monthly 1
30 min every other week 1
30 min weekly 1
45 min weekly 1
0.5hours as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Reflexology

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 6
Did not seem to work 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Other 3
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently going to Reflexology

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped going to Reflexology

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 6
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 6
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3 patient evaluations for Reflexology

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uschiw
2964 thumb
uschiw
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: none
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See uschiw's full Reflexology history

Nov 23, 2009 (Started Aug 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Numbness in feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: a wonderful treatment for heavy, numb and tingly feet. i simply had to take a break for other exercise but am missing it. will start again soon…
Cost: $200+ monthly

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gailHD
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gailHD
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See gailHD's full Reflexology history

Aug 19, 2008 (Started Mar 06, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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marie1970
69948 thumb
marie1970
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Some
function: None
external_stress: Little
Stickman: some
Description:F46y
CFS:19y Dx
I am: n
I have:
ME/CFS

See marie1970's full Reflexology history

Jul 1, 1997 (Started Jul 01, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly

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