Using Reflexology to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common functional bowel disorder. There are few known triggers for the condition including diet and stress. Previous studies suggest reflexology can have a positive effect on stress and many other symptoms including pain. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of using reflexology as a treatment for IBS symptoms and to improve general well-being. Research Question: Does reflexology have an effect on IBS? Method: Using a single-subject experimental design, 6 participants received reflexology weekly, for four weeks. They completing outcome measures on their symptoms, general well-being and quality of life specific to IBS before, throughout and after the intervention to assess any effects. Results – The results of the MYMOPs showed positive effects generally for all participants although there were many fluctuations. The IBS-QoL and GWB increased for most participants but decreased for one. Conclusion – The results were indicative and suggest reflexology may be beneficial in relieving IBS symptoms and well-being but further research is required due to limitations of this study.
B.Sc.(Hons) Complementary Therapies
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