Treating stress and anxiety with reflexology: A study of university staff and students
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: In the United Kingdom the financial implications of stress, anxiety and depression in professionals and students is growing. If the population can find a way of managing and reducing stress before or after they start their working life, there is potential for them to recognise the symptoms of stress, and do something about it before it necessitates stress related absences from work. This study was intended to look at the effects of reflexology in treating stress, anxiety and depression in a therapeutic setting in university staff and students Research question: Is reflexology beneficial when treating perceived stress, anxiety and general wellbeing in university staff and students? Method: In a single subject experimental design, 6 participants - 3 university staff and 3 university students received reflexology treatments. Outcome measures including the MYMOP2, HADS and PSS were used to monitor stress, anxiety and wellbeing, over a baseline, treatment and follow-up stage. Results: Although improvements varied between participants, overall data suggested that there were more trends toward improvement than decline over the period of reflexology treatments. Conclusion: The trends towards improvement after having reflexology suggest that further research in to this topic should confirm the effect of the intervention, on a larger scale with a different design method.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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