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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2012 Aug;18(3):145-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.04.001. Epub 2012 Jun 27.

Reported treatment strategies for reflexology in cardiac patients and inconsistencies in the location of the heart reflex point: an online survey.

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School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, University of Stirling, Highland Campus, Old Perth Road, Inverness IV2 3JH, UK. jenny.jones@stir.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Reflexology texts are inconsistent with regard to the location of the heart point and contradictory with regard to the correct reflexology approach to cardiac patients. We aimed to determine the impact of these inconsistencies on the practice of Association of Reflexologists (AoR) members.

METHOD:

Online survey of AoR members.

RESULT:

Respondents' beliefs and practises mirror the inconsistencies in reflexology teaching literature and marked inconsistencies exist in the heart reflex point placement.

CONCLUSIONS:

Professional clarification around the heart reflex point location and further clinical research is urgently needed to establish the appropriateness of reflexology techniques for cardiac patients.

PMID:
22789788
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.04.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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