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dc.contributor.authorJones, Jennyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLeslie, Stephenen_UK
dc.contributor.editorCarter, KRen_UK
dc.contributor.editorMurphy, GEen_UK
dc.description.abstractThe use of complementary and alternative therapies, even in western industrialised countries with well developed conventional health care systems, ranges from 10-52%. Annual expenditure on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the UK alone is estimated to be in excess of £1.6 billion. Despite this extensive use, complementary and alternative therapies have recently come under scrutiny in terms of their safety and efficacy, particularly in relation to claims made by practitioners. To date, robust scientific evidence for health benefit has been lacking for many alternative therapies, but despite this they remain popular. Reflexology therapy is a form of sophisticated manual pressure applied most typically to the feet. It is one of the top six complementary and alternative therapies purchased. It is distinct from general massage due to two key therapeutic claims. First, that distinct areas on the feet correspond to specific internal organs within the body. Second, that massage to these discreet areas affects the haemodynamic status of the referred or "mapped" organs in the body. This chapter will describe and discuss in detail the basis for these haemodynamic theories by reviewing the original work of William H Fitzgerald and Eunice Ingham. The chapter will finish by describing the available contemporary evidence to support these theories and discusses the challenge of proving specific treatment effects in CAM in this current era of evidence-based medicine.en_UK
dc.publisherNova Science Publishersen_UK
dc.relationJones J & Leslie S (2012) Reflexology: Science or Belief?. In: Carter K & Murphy G (eds.) Alternative Medicine: Practices, Health Benefits and Controversies. Health Care Issues, Costs and Access. New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 27-60.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesHealth Care Issues, Costs and Accessen_UK
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dc.titleReflexology: Science or Belief?en_UK
dc.typePart of book or chapter of booken_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.citation.btitleAlternative Medicine: Practices, Health Benefits and Controversiesen_UK
dc.citation.isbn978-162257162 8en_UK
dc.publisher.addressNew Yorken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Highlanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNHS Highlanden_UK
rioxxterms.typeBook chapteren_UK
local.rioxx.authorJones, Jenny|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLeslie, Stephen|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.contributorCarter, KR|en_UK
local.rioxx.contributorMurphy, GE|en_UK
local.rioxx.filenameReflexology - Science of Belief.pdfen_UK
local.rioxx.source978-162257162 8en_UK
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