Foot reflexology to improve sleep quality, research says

An interesting study of the effects of Reflexology for hemodialysis patients (Hemodialysis is a treatment for people who have kidney function problems). The study included 105 volunteers from a private clinic for hemodialysis. The hemodialysis is the filtering of waste from the blood, one of the side effects of this treatment is fatigue and poor sleep. The study was carried out to assess the impact Reflexology had on the quality of sleep the volunteer patients experienced.

The study employed 105 volunteers and continued for about four weeks. All of the participants were registered at a private clinic for hemodialysis. The patients attended foot reflexology and back massage sessions two times a week.

The method used to collect the date

  1. Visual Analogue Scale for Fatigue (VASF)
  2. Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) for collecting data. This is a self-rated questionnaire to evaluate the quality of sleep over the span of one month and includes questions which cover the following areas:
  • Subjective sleep quality
  • Sleep latency
  • Sleep duration
  • Habitual sleep efficiency
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Use of sleeping medication
  • Daytime dysfunction

The results of the study showed that reflexology was significantly effective in reducing fatigue and improving sleep quality and more effective than other therapeutic measures such as back massage.

https://tophealthjournal.com/3709/foot-reflexology-to-improve-sleep-quality-research-says/study,

Study Shows Reflexology Increases The Volume of Breast Milk

One 40-minute reflexology session per day for six days resulted in an immediate increase in breast milk volume among mothers who had given birth to preterm infants, according to recent research.

The study measured the effects of reflexology on the breast milk volume of mothers. The mothers selected had given birth 3 day prior via cesarean section. The mothers all had babies that were all the neo-natal intensive care unit and the gestation age ranged from 29 – 36 weeks. The study included 50 mothers who were split into 2 groups a control group and a reflexology group.

The mothers received the usual breast feeding training and the reflexology group had one 40min reflexology session every day for 6 days.

The results of the study were measured by the volume of milk produced. The measurements were taken prior to the reflexology treatment beginnin. Then every day after the reflexology treatment was given the volume of milk over a set period of time was measured.. The results showed that the volume of milk increased significantly more in the reflexology group when compared to the control group over the 6 day period. The study concluded that this is an effective low cost procedure which can be used along side other lactation training.

Authors: Atena Mohammmadpour, Mahboubeh Valiani, Alireza Sadeghnia and Sedigheh Talakoub.

Sources: Student Research Center, Department of Midwifery, and Department of Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran; Department of Neonatology, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Originally published in the September-October 2018 issue of the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 23(5), 371-375.

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Although I wouldn’t consider myself as a sufferer of migraines I have experienced them a couple of times in my life. The first and most memorable attack resulted in me ending up in A&E with my boss at the time, as I couldn’t see out of one eye and had trouble thinking and speaking. Safe to say migraines can be unpredictable and painful and debilitating and living with regular migraine attacks can be very difficult.

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