International Council of Reflexologists

< Back

Home
About ICR
Contact ICR
Membership
Conference
W.R.W.
Hall of Fame
Research
Case Studies
Newsletter
News
Links
 

Research Analysis Document

 

What You Will Find On Each Page of This Document.

STUDY NUMBER:
This system is used by the ICR Research Analysis Project to make it easier to keep track of files and use any information related to each study.

TITLE OF STUDY:
This is the title given to the study by the original researcher who conducted and/or published the study.  Please note that when ICR refers to reflexology, it means the study associated with the orderly arrangement of reflexes (most commonly on the feet, but also on the hands, and outer ears), that suggest a shape of the human body.

Reflexology is different from acupressure and massage therapy, each of which is also a valid approach to natural health, with their own unique body of knowledge, different touch techniques, philosophies, books, etc.

Throughout this document, under the TITLE OF STUDY, you will find many different terms, all of which refer to “Reflexology” meaning the reflex maps that suggest a shape of the human body.  Some of the terms you will find are “Reflexotherapy,” “Reflex zone massage,” “Reflexology therapy,” “Reflexo-therapy,” and “Reflex therapy.”  All these terms mean “Reflexology.”

KEY WORDS:
With the Internet becoming a primary tool for finding information around the world, words have been selected that anyone with access to the Internet can use to help find information about a specific subject.  People working with computers can use these KEY WORDS to help them find the specific information they are seeking.

WHERE STUDY CONDUCTED:
The country in which each study was conducted.

INSTITUTION WHERE STUDY CONDUCTED:
You might find it of interest to see the wide range of different types of groups, facilities, and institutions that conduct reflexology research.

SUMMARY/ANNOTATION:
In a few short sentences, this section gives you a brief overview of the nature of the research study.

CONCLUSION:
Although there will be a great deal of interest in all of the above information, most people reading about a study are interested in the final result of the study.  In many scientific research papers, it is included as the last few sentences of a study.  For reflexology, it would read:

Reflexology has been shown to be effective for the relief of (here the health issue of the study is mentioned), i.e., Reflexology has been shown to be effective for the relief of asthma.

CITATION:
A citation provides you with detailed information about the:

· Names of researchers who conducted the study, with last name followed by initial of the first name
· Date study was published
· Title of the study
· Where the study was published or reported (usually a research journal or research symposium proceedings)
· Where the study was conducted.

< Back