Yau, K., Mak, HL, Cheon WC., Wong T., Liu YS., Tong, WM., “Effects of Foot Reflexology on Patients with Symptomatic Idiopathic Detrusor Overactivity.” International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, 2006 Sep 27.
109 women with symptomatic idiopathic detrusor overactivity (frequent urination) were randomly divided in two groups. The experimental group was given foot reflexology and the control group non-specific foot massage. Both groups were given 45 minutes sessions for 21 days to measure daytime and 24 hr frequency in urination and number of incon-tinence episodes. All the women kept a 24 hr diary of voiding before and after sessions. Also a visual analogue scale (VAS) was done to assess their feelings on the outcome. Results: There was a significant change in the daytime frequency in the reflexology group compared to the control group and a decrease in the 24hr micturition frequency in both groups.
Foot reflexology was shown to be more effective than non-specific massage in reducing daytime micturition frequency for patients with idiopathic detrusor overactivity.