Type II diabetes
Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder that affects approximately 20% of patients with diabetes. A new study has explored the efficacy of foot reflexology as a treatment for diabetic neuropathy. Fifty eight patients were included in the study and all carried on with their pharmacological drugs. Half of the group also received reflexology treatments and the other half did not, acting as a control group. Over the six month treatment period, pain reduction, glycemic control, nerve conductivity, and thermal and vibration sensitivities were measured The skin features leading to the detection of the abnormal functional states of body parts were also recorded and analyzed. The results showed that the reflexology group displayed more improvements in all measurements compared to the control group and the research team conclude that reflexology therapy integrated with conventional medicines is a useful tool in the management of diabetic neuropathy.
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Dalak et al. Determination of efficacy of reflexology in managing patients with diabetic neuropathy: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. Jan 2014.