Reflexology Offers Relief to Cancer Patients
by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
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.”
IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 10, Issue 4
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