Reflexology for Parkinson’s Disease

Can reflexology maintain or improve the well-being of people with Parkinson’s Disease?

 Christopher Johns a,*, Debbie Blake b, Alan Sinclair c
a University of Bedfordshire, Putteridge Bury, Hitchin Road, Luton, LU2 8LE, UK
b Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist, Bedford PCT, UK
c University of Bedfordshire, UK

This study explored whether reflexology could improve or sustain the wellbeing of people with Parkinosn’s Disease [PD] using the PDQ39 wellbeing tool designed specifically for use with people with PD.

The treatmnt protocal involved giving 8 therapy sessions to 16 people with varying derees of PD in a cross-over design to enable a longitudinal survey of impact.

Whilst the results reflected the progressive nature of PD deterioration over time there was an improvement in wellbeing over the active therapy phase.

These results suggest that continuous two- three weekly reflexology may limit further deteroration or maintain improvement of wellbeing.

A further study is indicated to study this hypothesis.

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 16 (2010) 96–100


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