Monday, November 9, 2009

Can reflexology maintain or improve the well-being of people with Parkinson's Disease?

This study explored whether reflexology could improve or sustain the wellbeing of people with Parkinosn's Disease [PD] using the PDQ39 wellbeing tool designed specifically for use with people with PD. The treatmnt protocal involved giving 8 therapy sessions to 16 people with varying derees of PD in a cross-over design to enable a longitudinal survey of impact. Whilst the results reflected the progressive nature of PD deterioration over time there was an improvement in wellbeing over the active therapy phase. These results suggest that continuous two- three weekly reflexology may limit further deteroration or maintain improvement of wellbeing. A further study is indicated to study this hypothesis.

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We will be doing a review of this study shortly. 

Kevin Kunz

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1 comment:

Ien in the Kootenays said...

I reflex a friend with PD every other week. She finds it helpful for all-over relaxation. She has strange feet, that's for sure!

The Santa Cruz team* that works with acupuncture and tui na claims that idiopathic PD is the result of unhealed, unacknowledged, foot injuries. They claim to have healed some people but I have also met many for who their methods do not work, though there is some relief. Horrid disease. Great to hear that Reflexology can help, please post your report soon.