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Reflexology Research, Resources & Links



DANA-FARBER, INSIGHT BLOG, JULY 2016  How can reflexology help cancer patients?

MASSAGE MAGAZINE, JULY 2016 Foot Reflexology Eases Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis Patients, Massage Magazine, July 2016

BOSTON GLOBE, JUNE 2016 Easing a patient’s pain…

NEW YORK TIMES, JULY 2015 Reflexologists Are Squeezed by Cheaper Competitors and State Rules

MASSAGE AND BODYWORK MAGAZINE, MARCH/APRIL 2013 PTSD is not just everyday stress, Reset the Body Through Reflexology



The Research on Reflexology is growing. Standardized, controlled studies point to increased quality of life and reduced pain in palliative care. As a result, noteworthy national recognition for Reflexology and its benefits includes: 

  • Reflexology has been recognized by a renewed 5-Year NIH grant (2011-2016) for $2.65 million to study the effects of reflexology in breast cancer patients at Michigan State University under the direction of Dr. Gwen Wyatt. 

  •  In addition, Michigan State University researchers are testing two at-home, therapeutic approaches to help breast cancer patients deal with their side effects through a $2.1 million National Institutes of Health grant. Read More.

  • Research involving 75 female multiple sclerosis patients demonstrated that two 40-minute sessions of foot reflexology per week for four weeks resulted in a significant decrease in fatigue among women with multiple sclerosis (MS), both immediately after the four weeks of foot reflexology and two months later. Read More. 


RESEARCH LINKS to over 300 studies of reflexology

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health 

  • The National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health conducts and supports research and provides information about complementary health products and practices.

PubMed studies

Internet Health Library Database

American Association of Reflexology Research database (Flocco)

Kevin and Barbara Kunz research links

Research from Manzanares Method™ of Reflexology

Facial Reflexology Case Studies – Lone Sorensen

Reflexology studies in the Journal Palliative Medicine

Palliative Care Research Society (UK) for research opportunities

The Cochrane Library, results for reflexology

Reflexology Association of America (RAA) research links

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