Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hospice program

Hospice program: reflexology (and other complementary therapies) “offer(ed) a voluntary, non-invasive and holistic opportunity for patients to experience increased comfort and relaxation in the midst of their treatment experience.”


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Elderly women

Elderly women were helped with reflexology: a self-help program lowered depression; reflexology decreased blood pressure and fatigue as well as helped with sleep and fatigue.


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Postpartum women

Postpartum women: Reflexology was shown to significantly decrease depression and improve sleep quality as well as gastrointestinal function.


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Middle-aged women

Middle-aged women: Research showed reflexology: reduced urinary incontinence; reduced depression and strengthened the immune system; and relieved pain and depression for those with osteoarthritis.


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Cancer patients

 Cancer patients: Sixteen nursing studies from seven countries show that reflexology helps with: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, and anxiety as well as providing relaxation.


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Uses of reflexology are many

Uses of reflexology are many: The sixty-two nursing studies were conducted with individuals of all ages and some 20 health concerns.


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Examples of dosing

Examples of dosing, for example,10 minutes hand reflexology applications: a single application provides post-operative pain relief; a 5-day series helps cancer patients and a 5-day per week/5 weeks course improves kidney function for dialysis patients.


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