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Aug
31
2014

Reflexology and pain relief

Reflexology and pain relief

Recent research has shown that reflexology may be as effective as painkillers.

Research conducted by the University of Portsmouth to establish the efficacy of reflexology on pain.

Summary

The study was comprised of two sessions, participants were asked to place their hand in ice water. During one session before submerging their hand, they were given a reflexology session and on the second session they were told that they would received pain relief from a TENS machine, that was actually switched off.

The findings indicated that by receiving reflexology before placing their hand in ice water enabled them to keep their hand in for longer and they could tolerate pain for longer. Research found that the participants felt 40% less pain and could withstand pain for 45% longer.

Dr Carol Samuels who is a trained reflexologist stated ''As predicted, reflexology decreased pain sensations.....by causing the brain to release chemicals that lessen the pain signals'' 

Published April 9th 2013 by Portsmouth University

To read more about this study click the link below.

www.port.ac.uk/uopnews/2013/04/.../reflexology-reduces-feelings-of-pain

 

 


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