The effect of reflexology on muscle tone of the limbs of children with Cerebral Palsy
Tong, Abigail Briony
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Despite no previous research existing investigating the relationship between reflexology and cerebral palsy (CP), anecdotal evidence suggests a beneficial impact on muscle tone. A small-scale study investigating this trend was conducted to establish and measure any effects seen on this symptom. Research Question: What is the Effect of Reflexology on the Muscle Tone of Limbs of Children with Cerebral Palsy? Method: Using an A-B-A single subjects experimental design, six child participants acted as their own control, giving muscle tone measurements before, during and after reflexology treatments. Staff provided data on perceived effect of treatment, as well as information regarding the rôle of reflexology in the cerebral palsy world. Results: Results showed that, though perceived and measured effects did not always correlate, a reduction in muscle tone was seen during and following reflexology intervention. Reflexology was also viewed by all staff as a positive intervention that would be a useful tool. Conclusion: This small study has provided a premiss for further research into the relationship between reflexology and muscle tone - specifically in the field of cerebral palsy - and how it could be integrated into palliative care.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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