People in palliative care who receive massage, aromatherapy or
reflexology describe the experience as a positive one with beneficial effects
on their overall sense of well-being, according to a recent systematic review
and thematic synthesis.
“Aromatherapy, massage and reflexology: A systematic review and thematic
synthesis of the perspectives from people with palliative care needs,” focused
on five qualitative studies of complementary therapy for people with advanced
cancer. The five studies involved a total of 83 subjects.
therapy was the form of complementary care used in three of the selected
studies. A fourth study employed aromatherapy, and the final study involved on
reflexology. The complementary therapy was provided in settings such as nursing
homes, hospices, participants’ homes or an
outcome measure in these studies was the experience…