Reflexology For Cancer

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  Cancer, Anxiety and Pain  

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Southeastern United State

  School of Nursing, Greenville, NC
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Medical School, Duke University, Durham, NC
School of Nursing, East Carolina University



Stephenson, N.L., Swanson, M, Dalton, J, Keefe F.J., and Engelke, M., "Partner-Delivered Reflexology: Effects On Cancer Pain and Anxiety." Oncology Nursing Forum, 2007, Vol .34, No. 1, pp. 127-32.


  42 experimental and 44 control subjects comprised 86 dyads of patients with metastatic cancer and their partners, representing 16 different types of cancer. Partners received a 30 minute teaching session on reflexology. Following the initial partner-delivered foot reflexology, patients experienced a significant decrease in pain and anxiety.



Partners who have received a reflexology training are able to deliver foot reflexology to patients with metastatic cancer which results in an immediate decrease in pain intensity and anxiety. Implications for Nursing: Hospitals could have qualified professionals offer reflexology as a complementary therapy and teach interested partners the modality.

Reflexology Research provided courtesy of the
American Academy of Reflexology
, Bill Flocco, Director.

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