Opinions and observations of caregivers of children with cerebral palsy about changes seen after reflexology: A qualitative study

ÖZKAN F., Zincir H.

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol.31, pp.242-247, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.03.011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.242-247
  • Keywords: Cerebral palsy, Reflexology, Caregivers, Qualitative research
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this research was to examine the effect of reflexology on the problems of children with cerebral palsy from perspective of caregivers. Qualitative study was made after 24-session reflexology program. 12 caregivers who have 2-18 year-old children with spastic type cerebral palsy receiving special education and received reflexology. The thematic questions were determined and in-depth interviews were conducted. Themes of the study were determined as; the caregiver's views on reflexology, the effect of reflexology on health of children with CP and the caregivers' observations on child after reflexology therapy, positive and negative aspects and causes of reflexology treatment. As a results; the caregivers expressed that there were increases in self-confidence of children, improvement in walking, reduced spasticity, relaxation, decreases in constipation, and increases in communication, speech and perception after reflexology. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.