The effect of reflexology on blood glucose levels and quality of life in adults with diabetes mellitus type 2
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Abstract Background No research is currently available relating to the effect of reflexology on blood glucose levels or quality of life specifically in adults with diabetes mellitus type 2 who manage their condition without medication. Research suggests that reflexology, in conjunction with conventional medication, may assist glycaemic control and may improve quality of life in diabetics with neuropathic pain. Research Question What is the effect of reflexology on blood glucose levels and quality of life in adults with diabetes mellitus type 2? Method An experimental study with 4 participants, primarily using quantitative data, supported by qualitative. Participants received weekly reflexology treatments over a six week period. Random blood glucose levels were monitored before/after each treatment and quality of life at the beginning and end of the study. Results Some reduction in blood glucose levels was observed though significance cannot be assumed. Results show a decline in general and diabetes-specific quality of life. Conclusion No conclusions regarding efficacy of reflexology can be drawn or significance of results assumed, due to sample size and methodological limitations. A mixed methods approach was advantageous for clarity of understanding. Further research is recommended with a larger sample size and robust controls for external confounding variables.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status)
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