Reflexology for the Treatment of Pain in People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Double-Blind Randomised Controlled Trial

Ciara Hughes, S Smyth, Andrea Lowe-Strong

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) results in pain and other symptoms which may be modified by conventional treatment, however, MS is still not curable. Several studies have reported positive effects of reflexology in the treatment of pain, however, no randomised controlled clinical trials for the treatment of pain have been conducted within this population. The objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of reflexology on pain in and MS population. We randomly allocated 73 participants to receive either precision or sham reflexology weekly for 10 weeks. Outcome measures were taken preand post-treatment with follow-up at 6 and 12 weeks by a researcher blinded to group allocation. The primary outcome measure recorded pain using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). A significant (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1329-1338
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008



  • multiple sclerosis
  • reflexology
  • pain

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