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Title: Reflexology has no immediate haemodynamic effect in patients with chronic heart failure: a double blind randomised controlled trial
Authors: Jones, Jenny
Thomson, Patricia
Lauder, William
Howie, Catherine
Leslie, Stephen
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Keywords: Reflexology
Chronic heart failure
Cardiac patients
Complementary therapy
Randomised controlled trial
Issue Date: Aug-2013
Publisher: Elsevier for Churchill Livingstone
Citation: Jones J, Thomson P, Lauder W, Howie C & Leslie S (2013) Reflexology has no immediate haemodynamic effect in patients with chronic heart failure: a double blind randomised controlled trial, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19 (3), pp. 133-138.
Abstract: Aims: This study measured the effects of reflexology in 12 reflexology-naive patients with chronic heart failure in a placebo-controlled, double blind randomised controlled study design. Method: Outcomes included 'beat-to-beat' non-invasive continuous measurement of cardiovascular parameters and measurement of state of anxiety and pain/discomfort. Results: There were no changes in any of the haemodynamic parameters measured (all p greater than 0.05). Perceived state of anxiety was significantly reduced post treatment in the control group only (p = 0.03). Conclusions: Reflexology applied to the feet of patients with chronic heart failure appears to have no immediate haemodynamic effects. While any long term treatment effect is uncertain, it would appear that reflexology is safe for use in this patient group.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Health Sciences Highland
HS Post Qual - Stirling
HS Research - Stirling
Mathematics - CSM Dept
NHS Highland

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