[The effectiveness of foot reflexotherapy on chronic pain associated with a herniated disk]

Prof Inferm. Apr-Jun 2000;53(2):80-7.
[Article in Italian]


Foot reflexology is both a diagnostic technique and therapy. It is an alternative therapy which is considered useful in pain management. Its effectiveness as a therapy has been studied at the Mestre hospital where a clinical study has been undertaken to determine the effectiveness of reflexology in the reduction of pain. A group of 40 persons suffering almost exclusively from a lumbar-sacral disc hernia received three treatments of reflexology massage for a week. The results found that 25 persons (62.5%) reported a reduction in pain, (rating at 0.75 on a scale of 0-4). These results however did not take into consideration the relationship between the effectiveness of foot reflexology and variables such as the persons physicality (Body Mass Index), or their psychological or social status.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Body Mass Index
  • Chronic Disease
  • Foot Diseases / etiology
  • Foot Diseases / therapy
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / complications*
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnosis
  • Neuralgia / etiology
  • Neuralgia / therapy
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Management*
  • Reflexotherapy*