Can reflexology maintain or improve the well-being of people with Parkinson's Disease?

May 2010.

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Johns C1, Blake D, Sinclair A.

This study explored whether reflexology could improve or sustain the well being of people with Parkinson's Disease [PD] using the PDQ39 well being tool designed specifically for use with people with PD.
The treatment protocol involved giving 8 therapy sessions to 16 people with varying degrees of PD in a cross-over design to enable a longitudinal survey of impact.
Whilst the results reflected the progressive nature of PD deterioration over time there was an improvement in well being over the active therapy phase.
These results suggest that continuous two-three weekly reflexology may limit further deterioration or maintain improvement of well being.
A further study is indicated to study this hypothesis.