As a reflexologists with a nursing background it is always brilliant to read new research studies examining reflexology. I believe it is vital that complementary therapists do not make claims about the benefits of their treatments that can not be supported by research evidence. It can be difficult to find robust studies so when new reflexology research is published it is greeted eagerly by therapists who can then share the results with their clients.
In The International Therapist Journal there is a study on the use of reflexology for constipation. Constipation is a common problem in the U.K. with up to 20% of the population being affected at some time. It can be a painful and distressing condition with many of the traditional medical treatments having associated adverse effects. The clients in the study had no underlying medical cause for their constipation ( idiopathic constipation ).
After a course of reflexology treatments over six weeks the study found 94% of the participants reported an improvement in their condition. This does suggest that reflexology can potentially help people with idiopathic constipation. This reflexology research does have some limitations and further studies are needed before the results can be certain but it is definitely a promising development for reflexology research and reflexology for clients struggling with the discomfort of constipation.
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