How Reflexology May Help Your Patients

An introduction to the Complementary Health Care modality of Reflexology

 Reflexology is:

A Sampling of Research Studies:

 Reduction of Pain by 40%, Dr. Carol Samuel

Need for pain medication reduced by 40%

Reduction of infant pain and distress

Reduction of Post-Operative Pain in Patients Undergoing Surgical Procedures

Ear points found to be one of best ways to reduce pain in Emergency Department settings.  While conclusions were drawn from a study using acupuncture needles, many reflexologists trained in using touch alone on ear points have found them useful in reducing (and sometimes alleviating) pain. 

Increased circulation to organs, Marc Piquemal, MD
(link to the study at this location is currently unavailable)

Reduction of Blood Pressure, Jesus Manzanares, MD  (Link to the study at this location is currently unavailable)

Short video of Dr. Manzanares explaining his scientific reflexological methodology

Improved QOL for Advanced Breast Cancer Patients, Gwen Wyatt, PhD, RN

Effective for Diabetic Neuropathy, an NIH study

Reduction of severity of infantile colic. 

Published June 2018 in the  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 

Reduction of PMS symptoms, an article fromAmerican Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Terry Olson and William Flocco, NBCR

Reflexology found to improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue in hemodialysis patients

More studies at 

Directories of Credentialed Reflexologists Nationwide

 The Reflexology Association of America is a nonprofit organization that promotes the scientific and professional advancement of reflexology. The organization’s mission is to elevate and standardize the quality of reflexology services available to the public.

Professional members of the Reflexology Association of America (RAA) have trained in a minimum of 300 hours of foot, hand and/or outer ear reflexology.

A Directory of Professional RAA Members that can be searched by city, state, or name can be found online at

An additional directory, this of National Board Certified Reflexologists, is at the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) website  . All Board-Certified Reflexologists have passed a practical exam and two written exams, and must fulfill annual CE requirements. 

How to Find a Trained Reflexologist