National Institute of Health is to fund a study which helps to understand the benefits of reflexology, which is a complementary therapy given to breast cancer patients to ease the pain they face due to chemotherapy and other therapies. The study is to be carried out by Researchers from Michigan State University.
They will be comparing the three complementary therapy methods reflexology, guided imagery and reminiscence therapy. "Reflexology is the one people stuck with the most during the eight-week protocol," said Gwen Wyatt, a professor in MSU's College of Nursing who headed the project. "It's also the one that had the most positive outcomes." Results of preliminary studies have shown that reflexology offers better symptomatic treatment to these patients compared to other treatments. . Reflexology is specialized foot therapy that applies firm pressure to certain parts of the sole of the foot - helps women adjust better to their treatment. Reflexology can be used to support patients through treatment such as chemotherapy or for enhancing well-being for cancer-free individuals.