Research into pain and reflexology

The following are all references to research papers that have explored the topic of pain and reflexology. Most libraries have a service where you can obtain a copy of such research papers for a small fee.

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Title   Authors Journal   Reference
Reflexology for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis: a double-blind randomised sham-controlled clinical trial Hughes, C.M. Smyth, S. Lowe-Strong, A.S. Multiple Sclerosis 2009 VOL 15 Number 11 pages 1329-1338
Effectiveness of foot and hand massage in postcesarean pain control in a group of Turkish pregnant women Nuriye Degirmen, Nebahat Ozerdogan, Deniz Sayiner, Nedime Kosgeroglu, Unal Ayranc Applied Nursing Research 2010 Vol 23 Number 3 pages 153-158
Reflexology in the management of low back pain: A pilot randomised controlled trial F. Quinn, C.M. Hughes, G.D. Baxter Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2008 Vol 16; number 1, Pages 3-8
Reflexology treatment for patients with lower limb amputations, and phantom limb pain – An exploratory pilot study Christine Ann Brown, Catherine Lido Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2008 Vol 14, Number 2, Pages 124-131
A randomised controlled study of reflexology for the management of chronic low back pain Helen Poole, Sheila Glenn and Peter Murphy European Journal of Pain 2007 Vol 11; Number 8, Pages 878-887
Partner-Delivered Reflexology: Effects on Cancer Pain and Anxiety Stephenson, N. L. N. Swanson, M. Dalton, J. Keele, F. J. Engelke M. Oncology Nursing Forum 2007 Vol 34; Number 1, Pages 127-132
Reflexology; A useful tool in pain management Nest, R. V. Giaquinto, M. Burns 2007 Vol 33; Number 1 (Supplement), Page S90
The effects of reflexology on foot pain and quality of life in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis; A case report Khan, S. Otter, S. Springett, K Foot 2008 Vol 16. Number 2 Pages 112-116
Using reflexology for pain management; a review Stephenson N.L.N. Dalton J.A. Journal of Holistic Nursing 2003 Vol 21; Part 2, Pages 179-191
The Effects of Foot Reflexology on Anxiety and Pain in Patients with Breast and Lung Cancer Stephenson, N. L. Weinrich, S. P. Tavakolil, A.S. Oncology Nursing Forum 2000 Vol 27; Part 1, Pages 67 – 76


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