The use of reflexology for menopausal symptoms, an exploratory study
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Stanway (2003) describes menopause as marking the end of a woman's natural reproductive life. It's a stage of life that every woman goes through. The use of complementary and alternative medicine among menopausal women has increased in the last few years, but more research needs to be conducted to test effectiveness of these treatments (Borrelli and Ernst 2010). Research Question: Can regular reflexology treatments reduced menopausal symptoms? Method: A single subject design was conducted with 6 participants who received regular reflexology treatment for 2 months. Baseline scores were taken prior to the intervention, and follow-up scores were collected afterwards. Participants rated the severity of their menopausal symptoms weekly using the MRS scale and VAS scale Results: A decrease in menopausal symptoms during the treatment phase was found in 5/6 of the participants and half of the participants showed a continued reduction in symptoms throughout the follow-up phase. All participants enjoyed the treatment, and 5/6 felt that the reflexology treatment had helped to reduce their menopausal symptoms. Conclusion: This study has demonstrated the potential that reflexology has for treating a range of menopausal symptoms; however, further research would need to be done to establish reflexology's effect on menopausal symptoms.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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