Can reflexology maintain or improve the well-being of people with Parkinson's Disease?

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 May;16(2):96-100. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.10.003. Epub 2009 Nov 4.


This study explored whether reflexology could improve or sustain the wellbeing of people with Parkinosn's Disease [PD] using the PDQ39 wellbeing tool designed specifically for use with people with PD. The treatmnt protocal involved giving 8 therapy sessions to 16 people with varying derees of PD in a cross-over design to enable a longitudinal survey of impact. Whilst the results reflected the progressive nature of PD deterioration over time there was an improvement in wellbeing over the active therapy phase. These results suggest that continuous two- three weekly reflexology may limit further deteroration or maintain improvement of wellbeing. A further study is indicated to study this hypothesis.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Quality of Life
  • Treatment Outcome