Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of foot reflexology on capillary blood glucose, feet tissue temperature, and plantar pressure of the feet of individuals with diabetes mellitus (type 2).
Methods: Forty-five individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus were stratified into 2 groups: treated (n = 21), which received orientation about foot self-care and received 12 foot reflexology sessions; and control (n = 24), which received only orientations about foot self-care. A portable glucose meter, an infrared thermography camera, and a baropodometer evaluated the variables.
Results: The data indicate that, after 12 therapy sessions, there were no significant differences between the groups for producing effects on capillary blood glucose, feet tissue temperature, and plantar pressure.
Conclusion: No significant effect was observed after 12 foot reflexology sessions in the variables that were evaluated.
Author keywords: Massage; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Lower Extremity
Author affiliations: NCMS: School of Nursing, Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; ECLC: Nursing School, Federal University of Alfenas, Minas Gerais, Brazil; ECC: Nursing School at Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; LCC, DHI: Course of Physiotheraphy/Nursing School, Federal University of Alfenas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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