The use of reflexology for bronchial Asthma
Parr, Emily Louise
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Asthma is reported to affect an estimated five million people in the UK. High incidence rates put the National Health Service under huge economic burden to provide treatment and medical care. Evidence suggests that patients are turning to alternative treatments for fear of medication side-effects, dissatisfaction with conventional medication and for better symptom control. A lack of supportive evidence for the benefits of complementary therapies makes it difficult for patients to make informed choices about suitable therapies. This research was intended to identify reflexology as a beneficial, complementary treatment for bronchial asthma sufferers. Research Question: Can reflexology treatment benefit bronchial asthma sufferers? Method: A small scale investigative study was conducted using a single-subject experimental design. Six participants received six consecutive reflexology treatments. Data was collected using objective lung function tests (peak flow), MYMOP2, symptom diaries and follow-up interviews. Results: Results indicate a trend of improvement in asthma symptoms, peak flow and well-being. These trends vary between participants. Conclusion: Due to methodological limitations of an uncontrolled trial the results cannot be attributed solely to reflexology. The trend toward improvements, highlight further large scale research may be justified.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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