Reflexology for Surgery

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  Nausea And Vomiting, Post-Operative  

Study Conducted:



  New Delhi, India   All India Institute of Medical Science  



Choudhary, S., “Effects of Reflexology for Prevention of Post-Operative Nausea Vomiting.” Reflexology Across America, Spring 2006 Edition


  60 adult patients, who underwent general surgery, were divided randomly into two groups: Group I, the experimental group consisting of 32 patients both male and female, were given foot reflexology and standard drugs (NSAID & Opioids). Group II, the control group consisting of 28 patients both male and female, were given standard drugs only. Pain was measured by using a scale of 0-10 (0-5= mild, 5= moderate, 5-10= severe pain). Pain score was measured in Group I at 0, 2, 6, 24 hours and 0hrs. –20 min., 2 hrs. –20 min., 6 hrs. –20 min., 24 hrs. - 20 min. (0 hrs. is the time the patient was moved to the recovery room and 20 min. is the time before and after reflexology session). In Group II, pain was measured at 0, 2, 6, 24 hours only. Results: Group I showed a decrease in pain scores and the need and quantity of drugs compared to Group II.


  Foot reflexology was shown to be effective in reducing the need and quantity for painkillers in patients after general surgery.

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