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The Physiological and Biochemical Outcomes Associated witha Reflexology Treatment: A Systematic Review

Mc Cullough, Julie, Liddle, Diane, Sinclair, Marlene ., OPrey, Ciara and Hughes, Ciara (2014) The Physiological and Biochemical Outcomes Associated witha Reflexology Treatment: A Systematic Review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume . pp. 1-16. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2014/502123/

DOI: 10.1155/2014/502123

Abstract

Background. Reflexology is one of the top forms of complementary and alternative medicine in the UK and is used for healthcare bya diverse range of people. However, it is offered by few healthcare providers as little scientific evidence is available explaining howit works or any health benefits it may confer.The aim of this review was to assess the current evidence available from reflexologyrandomised controlled trials (RCTs) that have investigated changes in physiological or biochemical outcomes. Methods. Guidelinesfrom the Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Reviews of Interventions were followed: the following databases were searched frominception toDecember 2013:AMED, CAMQuest, CINAHL Plus, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Embase,MedlineOvid, Proquest, and Pubmed. Risk of bias was assessed independently by two members of the review team and overall strength ofthe evidence was assessed using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation guidelines. Results.Seventeen eligible RCTsmet all inclusion criteria. A total of 34 objective outcomemeasures were analysed. Although twelve studiesshowed significant changes within the reflexology group, only three studies investigating blood pressure, cardiac index, and salivaryamylase resulted in significant between group changes in favour of reflexology. The overall quality of the studies was low.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
ID Code:29441
Deposited By: Professor Marlene Sinclair
Deposited On:13 May 2014 09:17
Last Modified:27 Aug 2018 11:34

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