Reflexology for Critical Care




  Critical Care  

Study Conducted:



  United Kingdom   Intensive and Critical Care Unit  



Hayes J, Cox C," Immediate Effects of a Five-Minute Foot Massage on Patients in Critical Care." Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: The official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses. 1999 Apr;15(2):77-82.


  25 patients were given 68 sessions of five-minute foot massage. Physiological data, which included heart rate, mean arterial blood pressure, respirations, peripheral oxygen saturation, were obtained from the patients bedside monitoring system. Results: There was no significant effect on peripheral oxygen saturation but a significant decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and respirations was noted.


  Foot massage was shown to be effective in increasing relaxation in critically ill patients in intensive care.

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