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Σάββατο, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Ρεφλεξολογία για τους Φροντιστές Υγείας


Σήμερα ξεκινάει άλλο ένα φιλόδοξο εθελοντικό πρόγραμμα του Σωματείου Ελλήνων Ρεφλεξολόγων σε συνεργασία με το σωματείο ΠΙΣΤΗ.

Το συγκεκριμένο εγχείρημα "στοχεύει" στην συμπληρωματική φροντίδα των φροντιστών υγείας (γονείς - ιατροί - νοσηλευτικό προσωπικό).

Να ευχαριστήσουμε ΟΛΟΥΣ όσους συνέλαβαν στην υλοποίηση του νέου προγράμματος και να ευχηθούμε ΚΑΛΗ ΕΠΙΤΥΧΙΑ στους εθελοντές που ξεκινούν σήμερα! 

Επί την ευκαιρία ας διαβάσουμε για τα αποτελέσματα πρόσφατης δημοσιευμένης μελέτης για την επίδραση του foot massage σε φροντιστές υγείας ατόμων με γεροντική άνοια.

The effect of foot massage on long-term care staff working with older people with dementia: a pilot, parallel group, randomized controlled trial και εδώ.

Wendy Moyle, Marie Cooke, Siobhan T O¿Dwyer, Jenny Murfield, Amy Johnston and Billy Sung
 

Results

The results indicate the feasibility of undertaking such a study in terms of: recruitment; the intervention; timing of intervention; and completion rates. A change in the intervention indicated the importance of a quiet, restful environment when undertaking a relaxation intervention. For the psychological measures, although there were trends indicating improvement in mood there was no significant difference between groups when comparing their pre- and post- scores. There were significant differences between groups for diastolic blood pressure (p= 0.04, partial eta2=0.22) and anxiety (p= 0.02, partial eta2=0.31), with the foot massage group experiencing greatest decreases immediately after the session. The qualitative interviews suggest the foot massage was well tolerated and although taking staff away from their work resulted in some participants feeling guilty about taking time out, a 10-min foot massage was feasible during a working shift.

Conclusions

This pilot trial provides data to support the feasibility of the study in terms of recruitment and consent, the intervention and completion rates. Although the outcome data should be treated with caution, the pilot demonstrated the foot massage intervention showed trends in improved mood, reduced anxiety and lower blood pressure in long-term care staff working with older people with dementia. A larger study is needed to build on these promising, but preliminary, findings.
 

Κυριακή, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Optical, Spectroscopic, and Doppler Evaluation of “Normal” and “Abnormal” Reflexology Areas in Lumbar Vertebral Pathology: A Case Study

Abstract


Scientific validation of reflexology requires an in-depth and noninvasive evaluation of “reflexology/reflex areas” in health and disease. The present paper reports the differential properties of “normal” and “abnormal” reflexology areas related to the lumbar vertebrae in a subject suffering from low back pain. The pathology is supported by radiological evidence. The reflexology target regions were clinically assessed with respect to colour and tenderness in response to finger pressure. Grey scale luminosity and pain intensity, as assessed by visual analogue scale scores, differentiated “normal” from “abnormal” skin. Skin swept source-optical coherence tomography recorded their structural differences. Infrared thermography revealed temperature variations. A laser Doppler study using a combined microcirculation and transcutaneous oxygen monitoring system indicated alterations in blood flow and oxygen perfusion. Raman spectroscopy showed differences in chemical signatures between these areas. The present findings may indicate a potential correlation between the reflexology areas and subsurface pathological changes, showing an association with the healthy or unhealthy status of the lumbar vertebrae.

Examples of a few “abnormal” reflexology areas (RAs) with abnormal skin colour, swelling (convexity), and hollowness (concavity) formations. (a) Reddish brown colour on the RAs of pancreas (head), lumbar vertebrae, and knee-hip-sciatic
 
 
 
 
 
 
In locating the lumbar RAs, the reflexology map established by Eunice Ingham D. Stophel was used [, ]. These RAs were charted on the bilateral medial feet. The scheme of locating the RAs is illustrated in Figure 2. For this purpose one may draw two imaginary lines (AB and CD) perpendicular to each other as shown in Figure 2. The straight line AB originates from the tip of the big toe and ends at calcaneus and the other (CD) is drawn from medial malleolus to below sustentaculum tali. The junction of these two lines formed the centroid (E) of a rectangle (abcd). The rectangle “abcd” represents RA of the lumbar vertebrae (right hand side). Identically
one may draw a similar rectangle on the left foot to
locate the RA of the lumbar vertebrae (left hand side).

More - Research Article 
Noninvasive Characterisation of Foot Reflexology Areas by Swept Source-Optical Coherence Tomography in Patients with Low Back Pain

Απόδοση τιμητικής διάκρισης στο Σωματείο Ελλήνων Ρεφλεξολόγων από το ΣΕΓΑΣ

ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΕΟΡΤΑΣΤΙΚΗ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΗ ΠΟΥ ΕΚΑΝΕ Ο ΣΕΓΑΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΤΕΧΝΟΠΟΛΗ ΣΤΟ ΓΚΑΖΙ,ΟΠΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΣΩΜΑΤΕΙΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΩΝ ΡΕΦΛΕΞΟΛΟΓΩΝ ΤΙΜΗΘΗΚΕ ΜΕ ΑΝΑΜΝΗΣΤΙΚΗ ΠΛΑΚΕΤΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΟ ΣΕΓΑΣ, ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΘΕΛΟΝΤΙΚΗ ΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΝΑ ΥΠΟΣΤΗΡΙΖΕΙ ΤΟΥΣ ΔΡΟΜΕΙΣ ΠΡIN ΚΑΙ ΜΕΤΑ ΤΟ ΠΕΡΑΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΓΩΝΩΝ ΤΟΥ ΜΑΡΑΘΩΝΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΛΛΩΝ ΜΙΚΡΟΤΕΡΩΝ ΑΠΟΣΤΑΣΕΩΝ

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Reported treatment strategies for reflexology in cardiac patients and inconsistencies in the location of the heart reflex point: An online survey

Abstract

Background

Reflexology texts are inconsistent with regard to the location of the heart point and contradictory with regard to the correct reflexology approach to cardiac patients. We aimed to determine the impact of these inconsistencies on the practice of Association of Reflexologists (AoR) members.

Method

Online survey of AoR members.

Result

Respondents' beliefs and practises mirror the inconsistencies in reflexology teaching literature and marked inconsistencies exist in the heart reflex point placement.

Conclusions

Professional clarification around the heart reflex point location and further clinical research is urgently needed to establish the appropriateness of reflexology techniques for cardiac patients.