Effects of reflexology on fibromyalgia symptoms: a multiple case study

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Aug;16(3):167-172. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.01.006. Epub 2010 Feb 10.


Purpose: To explore the effects of reflexology on pain and other symptoms in women with fibromyalgia syndrome [FM].

Methods: Multiple case study method as developed by Stake was used to investigate the effects of reflexology on six cases of women with FM which were given ten sessions of weekly reflexology. Data were collected with observation, interviews and diary and then analyzed within cases and across cases.

Results: Reflexology affected the symptom of pain in multiple areas such as head, neck and arms. Pain started to isolate and decrease.

Conclusion: Reflexology may be helpful to decrease fibromyalgia symptoms. Qualitative research methods and individually tailored interventions are important when researching complementary and alternative therapies.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / complications
  • Fibromyalgia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Massage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Treatment Outcome