Evidence-based studies and research demonstrates the effect of reflexology treatment on a variety of physical and psychological conditions.
Reflexology is showing up in more and more hospitals in the United States. Hospital-Based Integrative Medicine Program: Reflexology at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis; the Cleveland Clinic; the St. Rita’s Medical Centre in Lima, Ohio.
Kevin Kunz & Barbara Kunz, co-directors of Reflexology Research Project which was launched in 1979, include among their 168 reflexology studies numerous research projects such as:
• The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Project
• The Paralysis Project
• The Stroke Project
• The Reflexology Path Project
• The Research Project
• The Reflex “Diet” Project
Research in hospitals on the international level indicates positive benefits of reflexology for various conditions.
There are several well-designed studies, funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Health that indicate reflexology’s promise as an intervention to reduce pain and enhance relaxation, sleep, and the reduction of psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.
In South Africa the Therapeutic Reflexologists offer their services voluntarily in various hospitals and special care centres by working on children and adults with special needs.
On an international level recognition is given in e.g. Denmark, Finland, Australia to the efficiency of reflexologists and their effective services by setting career opportunities in hospitals, clinics and community healthcare centres. In all three countries reflexology is part of the National Health Service.