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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2013 Aug;19(3):139-46. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.03.002. Epub 2013 Apr 11.

Is reflexology as effective as aromatherapy massage for symptom relief in an adult outpatient oncology population?

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Therapies Department, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London SW3 6JJ, UK. jeannie.dyer@rmh.nhs.uk

Abstract

AIM:

To test whether reflexology was inferior to aromatherapy massage for ameliorating self-selected problems or concerns.

DESIGN:

Non-blinded, randomised study with a 1:1 allocation. Adult outpatients recruited from a UK cancer centre, randomised by the minimisation method to either four aromatherapy massage or four reflexology sessions.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

MYCaW scores at baseline and completion; VAS (relaxation) pre and post-sessions.

ANALYSIS:

Unpaired t-test for the primary outcome; analysis of variance tests for repeated measures for VAS (relaxation); descriptive statistics (means and 95% confidence intervals) and content analysis for patient comments.

RESULTS:

115 subjects (58 aromatherapy massage, 57 reflexology) recruited. Reflexology was found to be no less effective than aromatherapy massage for MYCaW first concerns (p = 0.046). There was no statistical difference between groups for MYCaW second concerns or overall well-being scores, proportions of patients gaining clinical benefit, VAS scores over time (p = 0.489) or between groups (p = 0.408) or in the written responses.

KEYWORDS:

Aromatherapy massage; Oncology; Outpatients; Reflexology; Symptom relief

PMID:
23890460
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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