Here is one of their comments: It’s absolutely amazing because people do suffer with lymphoedema for years and it’s so painful, if something as pleasant as this can do something it’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing.”
The T party was really an opportunity to present the research findings to the ladies, and also to the funder, who had only had the summary data thus far. What they were most pleased about was the opportunity to talk to those who had been involved and had been suffering with pain and swelling for years, with very little being done to help them.
From a reflexology perspective, what was also interesting was the limited research available to show that the usual methods of treatment are actually effective. ‘There is no convincing evidence……’ is something that we hear a lot in academic circles when discussing reflexology research, but surprisingly, there is no convincing evidence that compression garments are actually a good treatment either. They work for some people, of course, otherwise they wouldn’t be used, but they do very little for others, and sometimes they can actually make the problem worse. This is why the RLD results are potentially so explosive, if we can demonstrate that there is an effect for many more people, then we’d really be on to a winner.
Progress is being made on the academic papers which need to be published in peer reviewed journals, to stand any chance of being read by the policy makers and fund holders. Sadly I only have one pair of hands, and as I also have a full time job at Cardiff Metropolitan University, I need to fit the research paper writing in around that. The full time job also encroaches on my weekends, and last week I was delighted to be able to help out at the massage stand at the Cardiff Half Marathon, with four of our lovely graduate therapists.
I’m shortly off to teach my second years, and you can be sure that one of the topics will be the ongoing research.
I'll keep you posted.