The effects of reflexology on the physical and psychological symptoms of Psoriasis
Mcfarlane, Angela Julia
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background As with other chronic conditions, those with the skin conditions such as psoriasis have a higher probability of psychological difficulties and reduced quality of life. Few have examined the role of complementary therapies in reducing the physical and psychological symptoms associated with psoriasis. Evidence-based studies investigating the effects of reflexology for people with psoriasis appear to be lacking. Research Question What effect does reflexology have on the physical and psychological symptoms associated with psoriasis? Method The study was conducted using a single-subject experimental design (SSED). Five participants received four reflexology treatments and data were collected for severity (SAPASI), quality of life (DQLI) and perceived stress (PSS). This was followed up with semi-structured interviews. Results The results appear to show a positive effect in severity of psoriasis and quality of life but no effect on perceived stress. Conclusion The results suggest that reflexology may be beneficial in decreasing physical severity and improving quality of life for people with psoriasis, however, the results may not be entirely attributable to reflexology due to the methodological limitation of this study. A further robust study with a larger sample size may be warranted.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status)
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