Practitioners’ views about the role of physical massage and reflexology in managing secondary complications of diabetes
Adamus, Susie Johanna
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: The increasing prevalence of diabetes is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Many people with diabetes mellitus (DM) face multiple complications if not well controlled. Pharmacological remedies are not always successful and not without adverse effects (Çakici et al., 2016). The consideration is that complementary therapies such as massage and reflexology could be useful in the management of DM because they are holistic and natural approaches (Moraska et al., 2010). The aim of this study was to get an understanding about the role of physical massage and reflexology in the management of secondary complications of diabetes. Research question: What are practitioners’ views about the role of physical massage and reflexology in the management of secondary complications? Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with massage and reflexology practitioners. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results: The findings indicate that physical massage and reflexology are viable therapies to complement allopathic medicine in the management of diabetes. Conclusion: This study promotes the various benefits of massage and reflexology for people with DM from the practitioners’ perspective. Further research is warranted to explore the client’s understanding about health and wellbeing and efficacy of physical massage and reflexology.
B.S.c. (Hons) Complementary Healthcare
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