Reflexology for Surgery

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Subject:

  Post Surgical: Urination, Bowel Movements, Pain, Sleep  

Study Conducted:

Country:

Institution:

  Switzerland   Institut for Pflegeforschung des Schweizer Berufsverbandes der Krankenschwestern and Krankenpfleger  

Citation:

 
 

Kesselring A, Spichiger E, Muller M. Pflege, “Effects of Foot Reflexology on Women’s Well Being, Voiding, Bowel Movements, Pain and Sleep after Abdominal Surgery.” 1998 Aug;11(4): 213-8.

Synopsis:

 
  130 patients, all women, were randomly divided into 3 groups. They were given 15 minutes of foot reflexology (FR), simple foot/leg massage (FM) or personal conversation for 5 days. The parameters that were recorded were: subjective, self-assessed, general condition, pain intensity, bowel movements, voiding and sleep from the day before the surgery until day 10. Results: The FR group were able to void with out any problems after the indwelling catheter was removed earlier than the other groups. Also, the simple massage was found to be a relaxing, positive experience but the foot reflexology had various effects some even negative.

Conclusion:

 
 

Foot reflexology is not recommended for acute, abdominal post-surgical situations in gynecology because it can occasionally trigger abdominal pain.


 
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