Report on a membership audit of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Reflex Therapy (ACPIRT)

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Aug;20(3):172-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.04.002. Epub 2014 May 9.


Reflex Therapy (RT), akin to reflexology, is a non-invasive physiotherapy modality approved by the UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. One hundred members of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Reflex Therapy (ACPIRT) participated in an audit to establish a baseline of practice. Findings indicate that experienced therapists use RT in conjunction with their professional skills to induce relaxation (95%) and reduce pain (86%) for patients with conditions including whiplash injury and chronic pain. According to 68% of respondents, RT is "very good," "good" or "as good as" orthodox physiotherapy practices. Requiring minimal equipment, RT may be as cost effective as orthodox physiotherapy with regards to duration and frequency of treatment.

Keywords: Complementary and allied medicines; Foot massage; Physiotherapy; Reflex Therapy; Reflexology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massage / organization & administration*
  • Massage / statistics & numerical data
  • Medical Audit
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Physical Therapists / statistics & numerical data*
  • Reflexotherapy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires