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Παρασκευή, 16 Νοεμβρίου 2012

Michigan State University researcher offers the strongest evidence yet that reflexology can help cancer patients manage their symptoms and perform daily tasks.

Τα αποτελέσματα μιας έρευνας που παρακολουθούμε καιρό επιτέλους δημοσιεύτηκαν.
Η Gwen Wyatt δήλωσε: Πρόκειται για το πρώτο βήμα στο να κατευθύνουμε μία συμπληρωματική θεραπεία (την Ρεφλεξολογία) από φροντίδα "περιθωρίου" σε επικράτουσα/ενσωματωμένη φροντίδα."

Επίσης είπε ότι εξεπλάγην ότι οι επίδρασεις της Ρεφλεξολογίας που παρουσιάστηκαν ήταν κυρίως σωματικές και όχι ψυχολογικές.: "Δεν είχαμε την αλλαγή που αναμέναμε με τα συναισθηματικά συμπτώματα όπως το άγχος και την κατάθλιψη, τα πιο εντυπωσιακά που άλλαξαν ήταν τα σωματικά συμπτώματα." 

 Απροσδόκητη ήταν η μειωμένη κόπωση που καταγράφηκε από όσους δέχτηκαν το "placebo" foot massage, ιδιαίτερα η ομάδα που δέχτηκε Ρεφλεξολογία δεν έδειξε ομοίως σημαντική βελτίωση.
Η Wyatt εξερευνά εάν η "μάλαξη" - (sic) παρόμοια στην Ρεφλεξολογία  όταν εφαρμόζεται από τους "φροντιστές υγείας" των ογκολογικών ασθενών σε αντίθεση με πιστοποιημένους Ρεφλεξολόγους, αποτελέσει απλή και οικονομική επιλογή.

The results of a research we have been following a long time now have finally been published.

 "ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2012) Reflexology: Ancient Foot Massage Technique May Ease Cancer Symptoms and here, here, here.

Gwen Wyatt said. "This is the first step toward moving a complementary therapy from fringe care to mainstream care."

Wyatt said she was surprised to find that reflexology's effects appeared to be primarily physical, not psychological.
"We didn't get the change we might have expected with the emotional symptoms like anxiety and depression," she said. "The most significant changes were documented with the physical symptoms."

Also unexpected was the reduced fatigue reported by those who received the "placebo" foot massage, particularly since the reflexology group did not show similarly significant improvement. Wyatt is now researching whether massage similar to reflexology performed by cancer patients' friends and family, as opposed to certified reflexologists, might be a simple and inexpensive treatment option.

Among her other findings:
  • The therapies with the highest mean spending (acupuncture and therapeutic touch at $45) were used by very few women, while vitamins, massage and homeopathy had an average total spending of $19.78 to $38.54 and were frequently used.
  • Women without at least some college education were less likely to use CAM therapies.
  • Employed women were more likely to use different types of therapies.
  • Women reported greater use of therapies that required fewer sessions.

Congratulations and appreciation to Gwen Wyatt and co-authors are in order!

Wyatt's co-authors include MSU statistics and probability professor Alla Sikorskii and College of Nursing research assistant Mei You, along with colleagues from Northwestern University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

There is a matter of possible inaccurate Reflexology history, but this is of minor importance compared to the research paper and conclusions.

18/11/2012 Something "smells" bad here, there seems to be a conflict of interests inside Michigan State University. All in contrast of the interests - (possible) benefits of the patients!!!!! Possible link with this.

20/11/12 - Look what fellow Reflexologists found:
Look what Karen Ball found! A heated Reflexology path at Michigan State University. I love that Reflexology appears to have taken MSU by storm. :-)
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 Gwen Wyatt, professor in the MSU College of Nursing, studies complementary treatments to improve quality of life for women with breast cancer. Photo by G.L. Kohuth.

MSU's Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research features a reflexology path that students, staff, faculty and visitors can walk to relieve stress and improve overall health. Photo by G.L. Kohuth.

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