A study Investigating the Use of Reflexology for the Treatment and Management of Stress-Related (Primary) Insomnia
Jones, Elis Cerian
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Both stress and insomnia are common conditions affecting a large proportion of adults worldwide. Little research has been published investigating the effect of reflexology intervention on both conditions simultaneously. However, previous studies have shown that reflexology has beneficial effects on reducing stress and promoting restful sleep. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of reflexology on stress-related insomnia. Research Question: Does reflexology have an effect on stress-related (primary) insomnia? Method: Using a single-subject experimental design, 6 participants received 1 hour, weekly reflexology sessions over a 4 week period. Standardised outcome measures were used at baseline, intervention and follow-up to measure symptoms and monitor effects. Results: Overall, improvements were noted across all outcome measures although several fluctuations were observed. For most participants, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and Perceived Stress Scale displayed positive results which were maintained and/or improved at follow-up however, for one participant; positive effects slightly reduced at follow-up. Conclusion: The study provided positive results, indicating that reflexology is an effective intervention for treatment of both stress and insomnia. As this was a student project, more rigorous investigation in needed to obtain more reliable data.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status)
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