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Reflexology has no immediate haemodynamic effect in patients with chronic heart failure: a double blind randomised controlled trial

Citation
Jones J, Thomson P, Lauder W, Howie C & Leslie S (2013) Reflexology has no immediate haemodynamic effect in patients with chronic heart failure: a double blind randomised controlled trial, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19 (3), pp. 133-138.

Abstract
Aims: This study measured the effects of reflexology in 12 reflexology-naive patients with chronic heart failure in a placebo-controlled, double blind randomised controlled study design.
Method: Outcomes included 'beat-to-beat' non-invasive continuous measurement of cardiovascular parameters and measurement of state of anxiety and pain/discomfort.
Results: There were no changes in any of the haemodynamic parameters measured (all p greater than 0.05). Perceived state of anxiety was significantly reduced post treatment in the control group only (p = 0.03).
Conclusions: Reflexology applied to the feet of patients with chronic heart failure appears to have no immediate haemodynamic effects. While any long term treatment effect is uncertain, it would appear that reflexology is safe for use in this patient group.

Keywords
Reflexology; Chronic heart failure; Cardiac patients; Complementary therapy; Randomised controlled trial

StatusPublished
AuthorsJones Jenny, Thomson Patricia, Lauder William, Howie Catherine, Leslie Stephen
Publication date08/2013
Publication date online25/04/2013
Date accepted by journal20/03/2013
PublisherElsevier for Churchill Livingstone
ISSN 1744-3881
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice: Volume 19, Issue 3

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