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MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY RESEARCH

© Sally Earlam 2016

Maternity Reflexology Research Recent studies have shown that reflexology: Significantly reduced pain during labour(1, 3),

Reduced the length of the first stage of labour(1, 3).

Improved quality of sleep in post-natal women(2).

Shorter second stage for women with low back pain or pelvic girdle pain (6 x weekly reflexology) (4)

Reduced pain and stress levels for women with low back pain or pelvic girdle pain (6 x weekly reflexology) (5)

Lowers anxiety scores of women in labour (30 minute treatment) (6) 1.

VALIANI M ET AL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women.

Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310 2. LI C-Y ET AL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women.

Midwifery. 27. p181- 186 3. Iran Red Crescent Med J 2011; 13(7):475-479 ©Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal. 4.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29024881 5.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2970548 6.

The Effect of Foot Reflexology on the Anxiety Levels of Women in Labour. Yılar Erkek Z, Aktas S. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Apr;24(4):352-360