Foot Reflexology Eases Anxiety Following Heart Surgery

By MASSAGE Magazine August 1, 2015

To complement the Research Reports in the August 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: In a recent study, foot reflexology massage significantly reduced anxiety in patients who had just undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

In the days following coronary artery bypass graft surgery, one 20-minute session of foot reflexology massage each day for four days resulted in a significant decrease in patient anxiety, according to recent research.

The study, “The effects of foot reflexology massage on anxiety in patients following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a randomized controlled trial,” involved 80 patients in the days after they had undergone coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Subjects were randomly assigned to either the intervention or control group.

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