Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers at providing pain relief, according to a new scientific survey.

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that people felt about 40% less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45% longer, when they used reflexology as a method of pain relief.

Results from the study suggested that reflexology could be used as an alternative pain relief to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers.

Whilst the study was small, the results prove the effectiveness of reflexology to aid health and wellbeing, and will hopefully pave the way for more scientific quantitative research in a field which is often criticised for lacking evidence. 

In addition to having a positive effect on pain and discomfort caused by a range of health benefits, Reflexology is well known for reducing the incidence of stress and aiding overall health and wellbeing. If you would like to see how Reflexology can help you then please get in touch.

Read the full Telegraph article here.
Also published in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.