Foot reflexology : demystifying the science behind the therapy

Nor Dalila Marican, Foot reflexology : demystifying the science behind the therapy. In: Inaugural World Congress in Anti-Aging, Aesthetic, Regenerative, Nutritional and Exercise Medicine (WAAARNEM), 28-30 April 2017, Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur.


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Background: Reflexology is an ancient therapeutic treatment which activates the innate healing powers of the body by applying some pressure to the specific reflex points which are located on all part of the feet, hands, or ears. As claimed in many literatures, this intervention generally may improve body health condition and well-being in terms of physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Methods: This paper summarizes the principle, concept and current evidence on the effects of foot reflexology therapy on various components of mental and physical health, by focusing on the evidence in review articles. Databases of PubMed, Scopus, Science direct as well as ProQuest were the sources used for findings the articles. Results: Collectively, these reviews suggest a number of areas where foot reflexology may well be beneficial. There are some meta-analyses and several randomized control trials (RCT) indicate beneficial effects of foot reflexology therapy for pain management, quality of life, as well as mental health. Conclusion: These review point to some potential of foot reflexology for various health condition in order to improve the physical and mental health as well as maintaining the good quality of life.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Reflexology : Complementary medicine and alternative therapy
Deposited By: En. Pahmi Abdullah
Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 07:42
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 07:44

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