Dr Mothas Research - "The Majic of Reflexology in Pregnancy"
Women who received regular reflexology pregnancy treatments were more likely to have a shorter labour, require less pain relief and give birth closer to their expected due date.
The average first stage of labour was 5 hours (compared to textbook figures of 16 to 24 hours)
The Effect of Foot Reflexology on Anxiety, Pain, and Outcomes of Labour
(Acta Med Iran. 2015 Aug;53(8):507-11. Moghimi-Hanjani, Mehdizadeh-Tourzani, Shoghi).
The study aimed to review and determine the effect of reflexology pregnancy on anxiety, pain and outcomes of the labour.The pain intensity was scored immediately after the end of intervention and at 30, 60 and 120 minutes after the intervention in those treated and a control group.
Duration of labour phases, the type of labour and Apgar scores of the infant at the first and fifth minute were recorded in both groups.
Application of reflexology technique decreased pain intensity, at 30, 60 and 120 minutes after intervention and duration of labour as well as anxiety level significantly. Furthermore, a significant difference was observed between two groups in terms of the frequency distribution of the type of labour and Apgar score.
Reviewing the effect of reflexology on the pain & outcome of labour
(Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res. 2010 Dec;15(Suppl 1):302-10 Valiani Shiran E, Kianpour M, Hasanpour M)
88 primiparous mothers referred for vaginal delivery were randomized in two groups. Data collection tools were the demographic data questionnaire, profile and outcomes of the labor and the short-form of the McGill Questionnaire for Pain Rating Index (PRI) assessment.
PRI was assessed before the reflexology pregnancy and four times after the intervention (3-5 cm, 6-8 cm and 9-10 cm dilatation's and second stage of labour. There was no significant difference between groups before intervention.
In the reflexology group, there was a significant difference between the PRI before and after the 4 stages intervention. PRI was different significantly between studied groups after intervention. The length of active phase of labour was different significantly between the two groups; but not significant during the second, and the third stage. The difference between the 1st minute and the 5th minute Apgar score and rate of hemorrhage between the two groups was also different significantly.