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Title: Single-Blind Trial Addressing the Differential Effects of Two Reflexology Techniques Versus Rest, on Ankle and Foot Oedema in Late Pregnancy
Authors: Mollart, Lyndall 
Issue Date: Nov-2003
Source: Volume 9, Issue 4, pp. 203-208
Journal title: Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery
Abstract: This single-blind randomised controlled trial explored the differential effects of two different foot reflexology techniques with a period of rest on oedema-relieving effects and symptom relief in healthy pregnant women with foot oedema. Fifty-five women in the third trimester were randomly assigned to one of the three groups: a period of rest, 'relaxing' reflexology techniques or a specific 'lymphatic' reflexology technique for 15 min with pre- and post-therapy ankle and foot circumference measurements and participant questionnaire. There was no statistically significant difference in the circumference measurements between the three groups; however, the lymphatic technique reflexology group mean circumference measurements were all decreased. A significant reduction in the women's symptom mean measurements in all groups (p<0.0001) was apparent. A 'perceived wellbeing' score revealed the lymphatic technique group (p<0.0001) significantly increased their wellbeing the most, followed closely by relaxing techniques (p<0.001) and then the control rest group (p<0.03). Lymphatic reflexology techniques, relaxing reflexology techniques and a period of rest had a non-significant oedema-relieving effect. From the women's viewpoint, lymphatic reflexology was the preferred therapy with significant increase in symptom relief.
URI: https://elibrary.cclhd.health.nsw.gov.au/cclhdjspui/handle/1/217
DOI: 10.1016/S1353-6117(03)00054-4
Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14556770
ISSN: 1353-6117
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Obstetrics
Midwifery
Pregnancy
Study or Trial: Clinical Trial
Appears in Collections:Obstetrics / Paediatrics

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