Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Ulster
Quinna, F., Hughesb, C.M., Baxter, G.D. “Reflexology in the management of low back pain: A pilot randomised controlled trial” 2008 Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2008 16, pages 3—8
Participants suffering non-specific lower back pain were divided into two groups. One group received 40 min of reflexology one day a week for six consecutive weeks. The other group was a sham group. A visual analogue scale was used to measure pain, secondary McGill pain questionnaire, Roland—Morris disability questionnaire, and SF-36 health survey. These measures were performed at baseline, week 6, week 12 and week 18. Results: VAS scores for pain reduced in the treatment group by a median value of 2.5 cm, with minimal change in the sham group (0.2 cm). Secondary outcome measures produced an improvement in both groups (McGill pain questionnaire: 18 points in the reflexology group and 11.5 points in the sham group). Results indicate that reflexology may have a positive effect on LBP.
Reflexology is found to be effective in the management of LBP, However, an adequately powered trial is required before any more definitive pronouncements are possible.