Is the perception of MS related pain affected by regular reflexology treatment?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable neurological condition and symptom management is paramount in many cases. Conventional treatments can be ineffective in controlling symptoms such as MS related pain and in some cases produce side effects. Therefore research into using reflexology as a tool in pain management would be of interest. Research question: Is the perception of MS related pain affected by regular reflexology treatment? Method: This research was based on a single subject experimental design with four participants with an MS diagnosis and pain. An ABA design was used and consisted of; baseline, an intervention phase of six weekly sessions of reflexology and follow up. Data were collected through a numerical rating scale for pain, the McGill pain questionnaire and a semi structured interview. Results: The four participants all completed the study. There were decreases in pain on the numerical rating scale for three participants. Scores quantified using the McGill pain questionnaire decreased for all participants. The semi structured interview highlighted an improvement in well being and relaxation for all participants. Other perceived benefits by some participants included urinary function, enjoyment of daily activities and motor function. There were no effects on sleep patterns and fatigue. Conclusion: The findings from this study suggest that regular reflexology treatment may be effective in perception of MS related pain however, further research is needed.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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