Research Analysis Document
What Does it Contain?
Document Contains Different Categories of
Reflexology Research Studies.
reflexology research studies reported in this
document are divided into categories, based on
standard research practice.
people interested in the subject of reflexology
research want to know if there is any research
showing the effectiveness of reflexology for a
specific area of stress in the body, or a
specific pathology or disease. Such studies are
called Outcome Studies.
creative researchers have also explored other
aspects of reflexology. It is believed that as
you read reports in the other categories of
research studies, you will find a great deal of
Categories of Reflexology Research Studies:
Outcome (Treatment) Studies
Shows the effectiveness of reflexology for a
given condition, such as headaches, asthma,
PMS, etc. Most reflexology research studies
are Outcome Studies.
After patient/client received treatments of
reflexology, client records are viewed to
Reflexology in the Workplace Studies
Explores benefits of reflexology
administered in the workplace. Looks at the
impact of reflexology and employee
satisfaction, i.e., health, work quality,
absenteeism, and productivity. Can also
explore impact on increased corporate
Explores how reflexology works, i.e.,
through the nervous system, chemically
through the release of endorphins or other
chemicals produced by the body, etc.
Tactile Variation Studies
Explores differences in skin and soft tissue
textures that can be felt through the touch
of a reflexology practitioner.
Reflexology Diagnosis Studies
Explores the viability of reflexology for
purposes of diagnosis. Sometimes these
studies are done in conjunction with
conventional medical diagnosis.
Validating Reflexology Map Studies
Explores ways of showing whether a reflex
map suggesting a shape of the human body can
be documented to exist on various parts of
Explores the effects of how reflexology was
applied, i.e., light pressure, firm
pressure, holding points, continually moving
thumb movement, etc.
Non-Tactile Reflex Application Studies
Explores ways of bringing about a reflex
response in a reflex point or reflex area.
Sociological Research Studies
Develops a profile of the reflexologist or
Studies that do not fit in any other
category can be found here.