've just been doing some continuous professional development by catching up on some research studies related to Reflexology and it appears that Reflexology can be even more beneficial as we get older. Here's what I found:
A small study from Indonesia showed that hypertension (high blood pressure) in the elderly could be reduced by Reflexology.
Elderly in the age of 60 or above is a natural process that can not be avoided where the life of man as a human being is limited by a rule of nature. As a result of the ageing process, the blood vessels become stiff and affect the left ventricular wall reduce its elasticity, resulting in a progressive increase of blood pressure. The treatment of hypertension in addition to pharmacological therapy could also use non-pharmacological therapies such as reflexology massage.
Method: The research design used in this study was pre-experimental using one group pretest-posttest approach. In this research, the researchers measured blood pressure before and after the treatment (reflexology massage). The sample of this study was 20 respondents using purposive sampling. This research used statistical t-test analysis test, because it had a scale ratio data.
Result : The result of t-test showed that p <0.0001, means that there was significantly different result before and after treatment with reflexology massage on the feet with a medium timber.
Discussion : It is expected that people with hypertension do the feet reflexology massage in order to taking medication because can lower systolic blood pressure.
Vol 1, No 3 (2014) Journal of Nurse and midwifery
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE IN LOWERING THE BLOOD PRESSURE IN ELDERLY WITH HYPERTENSION
Levi Tina Sari, Nevy Norma Renityas, Wahyu Wibisono"
Reflexology is great at any age - at least in my view - but it does seem that for stress related conditions, hormone related issues and in helping to counteract some of the negative effects of ageing, Reflexology can be particularly supportive.
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