In a study with 385 women undergoing treatment for advanced-stage breast cancer, researchers found that reflexology helped women manage their symptoms and improve their ability to accomplish daily activities. The women who received reflexology treatments felt less shortness of breath and were better able to do things like climb stairs, get dressed or go grocery shopping.
Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects physical change to the body and improves the functioning of corresponding organs and glands.
It has always been assumed that reflexology is a nice comfort measure, but to this point there has not, in a rigorous way, been any documented benefits. This is the first step toward moving a complementary therapy from fringe care to mainstream care.
Resources: IDEA Fitness; News Medical