Σάββατο, 13 Φεβρουαρίου 2016
AT-HOME THERAPIES HELP CANCER PATIENTS COPE
Wyatt’s previous research has shown reflexology, a deep pressure technique applied to specific areas of the foot, to be highly effective in managing symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue.
“What we found was after four weekly sessions of reflexology, patients reported a significant decrease in feeling short of breath,” she said. “We also discovered that patients could function better on a daily basis and felt more active.”
During the study, a trained friend or family member will provide both therapies in the homes of more than 300 patients suffering from breast, lung or colon cancer.
“Many caregivers are willing to assist in this way and will be taught by trained providers on what to do when administering both techniques,” Wyatt said. “For example, with reflexology, there’s a check list of 10 steps to follow that ensures specific reflexes are stimulated with the proper amount of pressure and time.”