Research Studies Evaluating the Effectiveness of Reflexology in Conditions Affecting Children

  1. REFLEXOLOGY RESEARCH INTO ENURESIS NOCTURNAE/BEDWETTING 1 & 2
    By Krogsgaard, Dorte; Poulsen, Edith; Kyhl, Torben; Bo Lund, Jens; and, Eriksen, Leila.

    Twenty children, aged 5 - 10 years, who had a minimum of 3 night time bed wettings per week were treated with foot reflexology alone. Thirty-minute treatments were administered twice weekly for four weeks (with a minimum of 2 days between treatments), followed by weekly treatments for seven weeks. Parents filled out an observation questionnaire during treatment and for one month following treatment. Of the twenty children, eighteen completed treatment. A decrease in the nighttime amount of urine was reported by 43.8% of the parents, and 23.5% moved from the category of "soaking wet" to "a little wet". Upon conclusion of treatment, one boy was completely dry. For one month after the conclusion of treatment the effects were maintained, and one boy and one girl were completely dry, also one boy was almost dry. Some parents reported a change in their child's sleep pattern: - now the child would awaken upon urination, which they previously had not done.

     

  2. CLINICAL ANALYSIS OF FOOT REFLEXO MASSAGE FOR THE TREATMENT OF 45 CASES WITH INFANTILE BRONCHIAL ASTHMA
    By Duanmu Hui-xian. Health Centre for Women and Children, Haimen, Jiangsu Province.

    Forty-five patients in the out patient clinic, aged 5 months to 7 years (mean age = 3.8 years), with 25 boys and 20 girls. The range of the course of the disease bronchial asthma was 3 to 63 months. Daily 40 - 50 minute reflexology sessions were administered. The length of the therapeutic course ranged from 2 to 12 weeks. When the therapeutic course was complete, the clinical symptoms of all 45 patients disappeared, the rate of clinical cure being 100%. It is pointed out that in such young children, if they receive drugs, toxic reactions will occur as their visceral states are not fully developed; and, that generally infants do not like injection and forceful administration of drugs, but, do accept foot reflexology.