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23rd March 2018 


More and more UK hospitals are including reflexology to help with the side effects of cancer treatments. These treatments often leave patients health compromised and traumatised, so a specialised reflexology treatment is recommended.

There is now a growing body of good research evidence showing the efficacy of reflexology and how it can compliment conventional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. These studies have shown reflexology to:-

    *1. increase pain threshold and pain tolerance
    *2. have a clinically worthwhile effect on quality of life
    *3. significantly decrease anxiety
    *4. require less analgesia
    *5. show the potential for the reduction in the restive index of organs thereby helping increase blood flow transporting drugs


Reflexology is non invasive and has no known side effects.

Through relaxation reflexology helps with symptoms, improves quality of life, reduces stress and anxiety, calms emotions and increases a sense of well being which all play an important part with coping mechanisms.

(Rosa Compassion from garden at Sole Retreat - photo by John Wyatt)

Many people living with cancer say they gain a lot of benefit from reflexology because it helps them to relax and forget about everything for a time, while finding some relief from discomfort. It is good for us to know that reflexology can help in a safe and painless way. Clients often say they have a sense of taking back some control, whilst feeling more motivated, optimistic and hopeful.
My eleven years volunteering with Somerset Cancer Care and St. Margaret's Hospice has been a special and valuable time.

If you would like to read how reflexology has helped other people click here

Reflexology does not offer a cure for cancer or a replacement for treatment already being received from conventional cancer care. You should always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and should never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical advice.

*1. C Samuel et al (2013) efficacy of reflexology for pain threshold and tolerance
*2. D Sharp et al (2010) psychological effects of reflexology in early breast cancer
*3. N Weinrich et al (2000) effects of reflexology on anxiety and pain in patients with breast and lung cancer
*4. S-L Tsay (2008) effects of reflexology on acute postoperative pain and anxiety among patients with digestive cancer
*5. G Bodner (1999) changes of renal flow during reflexology measured by colour Doppler sonography