How can Reflexology support people with cerebral palsy ?

Research shows that people with the range of physical needs (in particular cerebral palsy), would benefit from regular reflexology. This would provide relaxation, and to help with decreasing the spasticity and constipation to name but a few benefits. Below is a summary of the main research conclusions drawn on the effectiveness of reflexology instudents with cerebral palsy;

Research reference links;

Study 1:
Opinions and observations of caregivers of children with cerebral palsy about changes seen after reflexology: A qualitative study

Filiz Özkan & Handan Zincir

Conclusions: In this study, it was aimed to figure out the effect of reflexology on the problems of children with cerebral palsy from perspective of caregivers. Accordingly, it has been concluded that the use of reflexology therapy as a complementary treatment is beneficial in increasing the self-
confidence of children in the rehabilitation of CP, correcting the walking function, increasing communication, speech and perception, providing relaxation, and decreasing the spasticity and constipation.

Study 2:
The effect of reflexology upon spasticity and function among children with cerebral palsy who
received physiotherapy: Three group randomised trial

FilizÖzkan & HandanZincir

Conclusions: Reflexology with physiotherapy reduced spasticity in legs, improved gross motor functions, decreased dependency but led to no change in quality of life.

Study 3: Pediatrics & Neonatology
Volume 59, Issue 1, February 2018, Pages 42-47
The effects of reflexology on constipation and motor functions in children with cerebral palsy

BulentElbasan & SabihaBezgin

Conclusion: NGT improved motor performance in both groups and adding reflexology to therapy had a positive effect on constipation. We suggest applying reflexology to children with cerebral palsy who experience constipation problems. This research clearly demonstrates that the treatment is more than just enjoyment for the client, it can make a real difference to their quality of life and is particularly effective when combined with physiotherapy.

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