London: Findings from a new study have suggested that reflexology could be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain like osteoarthritis, backache and cancers.People, who used reflexology as a method of pain relief, felt about 40 percent less pain, and were able to stand it for about 45 percent longer, the researchers said.Participants attended two sessions, in one of the sessions they were given reflexology before they submerged their hand, and in the other session they believed that they were receiving pain relief from a Tens machine, which was not actually switched on.The researchers at the University of Portsmouth found that when participants received reflexology prior to the session they were able to keep their hand in the ice water for longer before feeling pain, and that they could also tolerate the pain for a longer period of time.
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