The Accute Effects of Foot Reflexology on Kinesthetic Balance and One Leg Stability for Heathy Individuals


INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY, vol.9, no.10, pp.207-216, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.207-216
  • Keywords: Reflexology, Foot massage, Balance, Postural control, Kinesthetic balance, MASSAGE, COMPLEMENTARY, RECOVERY, EXERCISE, EFFICACY, FATIGUE, SWAY, PAIN
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Reflexology (R) which is one of the most frequently used conventional and complementary health practices is used as sustaining application in healthcare fields. It aims to provide hemostasis, to recover and to get relaxed. Nevertheless there was not any related research study about acute effects of reflexology for health individuals in the literature. The purpose of this study is to research the acute effects on kinesthetic balance and one leg stability by using 20-minute foot reflexology application for healthy people. 20-minute "The tone-up workout" foot reflexology application performed on active 20 participants (age:21,40 years, height: 176,60cm, weight: 73.35kg). Kinesthetic balance and eyes open one leg stance test were conducted before the application and after 3 minutes of application. According to result of analysis, there was a meaningful difference statistically between before and after measurements of reflexology application in the values of dynamic score ( DS) and dynamic back failure score (DBFS) which come from two leg dynamic kinesthetic balance performances(p<0,05). There was not any differences statistically amongst eyes open one leg stance test (EO-OLTS) and eyes closed one leg stance test (EC-OLTS) performances that tested two leg static kinesthetic balance variables and postural static stance (p>0,05). As a result of this study, it was seen that only-one-time reflexology application as acute effect disrupted negatively DS and DBFS performances which come from two leg dynamic kinesthetic balance tests but it did not have any impact on two leg static kinesthetic balance test, EO-OLTS and EC-OLTS performances.