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What is reflexology?

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Reflexology is a technique in which you or a practitioner can apply pressure to your hands and feet to help you relax. It may help with pain and anxiety and boost your mood. Check with your doctor first if you have weak bones, arthritis, or other health problems.

National Cancer Institute: “Acupuncture (PDQ): Patient Version,” “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer: “Music therapy -- not strong evidence about specific effects in patients,” “Progressive Muscle Relaxation.”

American Cancer Society: “Creative Arts Beneficial to Cancer Patients,” “Risks and side effects of dietary supplements.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “Biofeedback,” “Meditation.”

Cancer Research UK: “Chiropractic Care,” “Massage Therapy,” “Meditation,” “Reflexology,” “Reiki,” “The safety of vitamins and diet supplements,” “Yoga.”

CancerCare: “Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “Exercising During Cancer Treatment.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Relaxation Techniques for Health?”

Michigan Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Guided Imagery.”

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Tai Chi: Healing from the Inside Out.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 03, 2017

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

National Cancer Institute: “Acupuncture (PDQ): Patient Version,” “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer: “Music therapy -- not strong evidence about specific effects in patients,” “Progressive Muscle Relaxation.”

American Cancer Society: “Creative Arts Beneficial to Cancer Patients,” “Risks and side effects of dietary supplements.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “Biofeedback,” “Meditation.”

Cancer Research UK: “Chiropractic Care,” “Massage Therapy,” “Meditation,” “Reflexology,” “Reiki,” “The safety of vitamins and diet supplements,” “Yoga.”

CancerCare: “Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “Exercising During Cancer Treatment.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Relaxation Techniques for Health?”

Michigan Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Guided Imagery.”

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Tai Chi: Healing from the Inside Out.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 03, 2017

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