CANCER CARE REFLEXOLOGY
UK hospitals now value and include reflexology to help with some of the side effects of conventional cancer treatments. These treatments often leave patient’s health compromised and traumatised, so specialised reflexology sessions are helpful and recommended.
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.
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
My eleven years volunteering with Somerset Cancer Care and St. Margaret's Hospice has been a special and valuable time. Many people living with cancer have said they gain a lot of benefit from reflexology. Whilst finding some relief from discomfort it also helps them relax and forget about everything for a time. 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.
If you would like to read how reflexology has helped other people click here.
For a link to the Reflexology Research Project.
To read about a study describing how breast cancer patients benefit from reflexology.
To read an article by Cancer Research UK looking at managing lymphoedema with reflexology after breast cancer treatment.
To read an article from The Daily Telegraph showing reflexology as effective pain relief .
Reflexology does not offer a cure for cancer or a replacement for treatment advised by hospital consultant. 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.
(Rosa Compassion from garden at Sole Retreat - photo by John Wyatt)
*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