the recent research conducted by Wyatt et al in the US was a large scale, throughly well designed study into reflexology use with breast cancer patients. What it found was that reflexology provided improvements in certain physical functioning for these patients. However, it also found that there was no difference in health related quality of life (pain, nausea, anxiety) as compared to the group who had foot massage given by an unqualified person. So foot massage was just as good as reflexology in this case. Is this good for reflexology or bad for reflexology? Previous studies have disagreed, but this one was larger and better controlled. Interesting.
The debate about what CAM is rages on. The term Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM, has become so broad, it includes all sorts of things, some of which we might not be too keen to be associated with. There is a theory that CAM should only apply to a therapy which treats a medical condition. Anything which encourages relaxation, stress management, enhances coping skils to deal with anxiety, or emphasises preventative health is not CAM, because it's not medicine. Now that the ASA (advertising standards authority) has blocked all advertising which implies reflexology can treat any medical condition, reflexologists must be restricted to a few carefully chosen words. This is where research comes in. What you can can talk about is that ' research has shown....' so if you know where to look, there could be a research study to suit your publicity material.
After some feedback, I've removed my front page text altogether and replaced it with something much shorter. I'm told people don't hang around to read text on hme pages, so I've taken that on board and replaced it with some bullet points and a more colourful picture. I knew I could bore people about my pet subject in person....but it turns out I can do it electronically too! - I'm learning though.
Still building this website, a little at a time. A good friend asked me last week ' what is the main focus?' and I'm sorry to say that I had to really think about it. I guess I'm aiming to put research out there, for anyone who wants to look at it. I want to let people know that it is there, so that they've got an argument when someone says ' there's no evidence' for reflexology. I'm also trying to raise the understanding of research within the field of reflexology. Trouble is, where to pitch it. I don't want to scare people away by talking in jargon, and I don't want to dumb it down too far either, there's quite enough of that going on in reflexology thank you. So its a bit tricky, but I'm trying my best. Hopefully when I get some visitors, they can tell me where I'm going wrong, what they'd like more of, and which bits are just no use to anyone...etc etc. At the moment, research is only truly accessible to people who work in Unversities or hospitals, and if you're outside those institutions, there's no route in, and that holds back everyone's understanding of the therapy. That's what I hope I can address, and that's the site's main focus.