Reflexology Offers Relief to Cancer Patients

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 01, 2013

Mind-Body-Spirit News

In a study with 385 women undergoing treatment for advanced-stage breast cancer, researchers found that reflexology helped women manage their symptoms and improve their ability to accomplish daily activities. The women who received reflexology treatments felt less shortness of breath and were better able to do things like climb stairs, get dressed or go grocery shopping. Lead study author Gwen Wyatt, PhD, RN, a professor in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University, East Lansing, said in a press release, “It’s always been assumed that [reflexology] is a nice comfort measure, but to this point we really have not, in a rigorous way, documented the benefits. This is the first step toward moving a complementary therapy from fringe care to mainstream care.”

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at