What do people talk about during reflexology? Analysis of worries and concerns expressed during sessions for patients with multiple sclerosis.
AffiliationThe Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
MetadataShow full item record
AbstractBACKGROUND: Our previous study evaluated the use of reflexology compared to progressive muscular relaxation in improving the psychological and physical profile associated with multiple sclerosis. In this paper audiotapes from the reflexology sessions have been analysed to give a picture of the nature of interaction between patients and therapists during treatment. METHODS: A crossover design with two groups was chosen. Each participant received six sessions of both interventions. All reflexology sessions were recorded and the tapes transcribed and analysed. RESULTS: Analysis of the available audiotapes (n=245) revealed that reflexology provided opportunities for 48 out of the 50 participants to share worries and concerns. Recurring disclosure themes related to physical symptoms and treatment, psychological concerns, home/family worries, and work/leisure issues. Explorative analysis revealed some differences in the amount of disclosure over the weeks, between for example the participant's type of MS and time living with the diagnosis. CONCLUSIONS: Reflexology appears to have created a space for patients to talk about their worries and concerns, and to receive advice and support from the nurse therapists. This work contributes to the debate about the role of the therapeutic relationship within reflexology practice.
CitationWhat do people talk about during reflexology? Analysis of worries and concerns expressed during sessions for patients with multiple sclerosis. 2009, 15 (2):85-90 Complement Ther Clin Pract
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
- Reflexology and progressive muscle relaxation training for people with multiple sclerosis: a crossover trial.
- Authors: Mackereth PA, Booth K, Hillier VF, Caress AL
- Issue date: 2009 Feb
- Reflexology treatment for patients with lower limb amputations and phantom limb pain--an exploratory pilot study.
- Authors: Brown CA, Lido C
- Issue date: 2008 May
- Complementary therapy use by persons with multiple sclerosis: benefits and research priorities.
- Authors: Esmonde L, Long AF
- Issue date: 2008 Aug
- Evaluation of the effects of reflexology on quality of life and symptomatic relief in multiple sclerosis patients with moderate to severe disability; a pilot study.
- Authors: Miller L, McIntee E, Mattison P
- Issue date: 2013 Jul
- A comparison of the effects of reflexology and relaxation on pain in women with multiple sclerosis.
- Authors: Nazari F, Soheili M, Hosseini S, Shaygannejad V
- Issue date: 2016 Mar