The effect of Reflexology Lymph Drainage in adults experiencing pain with fibromyalgia.
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Abstract Background: Fibromyalgia is an increasingly recognised condition affecting increasing numbers in the UK. Research question: The purpose of the study was to explore the use of RLD (Reflexology Lymph Drainage) as a technique in managing pain for people suffering from fibromyalgia, and to explore if by using RLD may have an impact on their quality of life also. Method: A Single-subject experimental design case study was conducted, of an A-B-A design, with three women who had been suffering a variety of symptoms of fibromyalgia for 5 years plus. The participants completed a series of four weekly RLD treatments, where quantitative data was collected. Results: No significant results were found. Improvements were observed in relation to pain, fatigue, anxiety, stiffness and mood. No adverse effects of RLD were reported. Conclusion: RLD may be a useful treatment for sufferers of fibromyalgia, however as there are no significant results, areas of positive improvements would suggest opportunity for further research into RLD as an intervention