A pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) investigating the effectiveness of reflexology for managing pregnancy low back and/or pelvic pain.

Ciara Close, Marlene Sinclair, Julie Mc Cullough, Dianne Liddle, Ciara Hughes

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Abstract

any pregnant women with low back and/or pelvic pain (LBPP) use pain medications to manage this pain, much of which is self-prescribed and potentially harmful. Therefore, there is a need to find effective nonpharmacological treatments for the condition. Reflexology has previously been shown to help nonspecific low back pain. Therefore; a pilot RCT was conducted investigating reflexology in the management of pregnancy-LBPP. 90 primiparous women were randomised to either usual care, a reflexology or footbath intervention. Primary outcome measures were; the Pain Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). 64 women completed the RCT; retention rates for the reflexology group were 80%, usual care group 83.33% and footbath group 50%. The reflexology group demonstrated a Clinically Important Change (CIC) in pain frequency (1.64 cm). Results indicate it is feasible to conduct an RCT in this area, although a footbath is an unsuitable sham treatment. Reflexology may help manage pregnancy-LBPP; however a fully powered trial is needed to confirm this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-124
Number of pages8
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume23
Early online date12 May 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Keywords

  • Low back pain; Pelvic pain; Pregnancy; Randomised controlled trial; Reflexology

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