There was a very interesting article I read recently about reflexology during pregnancy and I wanted to share this with you.
The article was written by Dr Julie McCullough and was published in the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists https://www.fht.org.uk) monthly magazine for Spring 2018. I appreciate this is not available to all and therefore I will attempt to summarise the article here. Dr McCullough was involved in research to establish the impact of antenatal reflexology on women suffering from stress caused by LBPGP – LBPGP means lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain.
The affects of this can last for up to 10 years after giving birth.
The trial was carried between July 2012 and December 2014 at Ulster Maternity Unit in Northern Ireland. The trial consisted of first time pregnant women being asked to take part in the trial and were given 30 minutes of reflexology for six weeks, 30-minute foot bath for six weeks or just the usual antenatal care. 90 women took part in the trial in total, 30 women in each group.
The results of the study are as follows – LBPGP frequency increased in the footbath group and there was a reduction in both the reflexology and usual care groups. However, the reflexology group noted a significantly greater reduction in pain, when recorded on the VAS pain scale. In addition, at birth the reflexology group experienced a mean duration of second stage labour, 44 minutes shorter compared with the usual care group and the footbath group.
The study was the first to test the hypothesis that beta-endorphin is released in response to reflexology, enhancing general feelings of well-being. Overall the results indicate that reflexology is safe for women in the third trimester of pregnancy and reduces pain and stress.
This is wonderful news for all reflexologists, who strive to make a difference and for all expecting ladies – complimentary help is at hand without the use drugs and medication.