The study, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, managed to measure specific bodily responses linked to specific ‘Reflexology Areas’ of the body.
The research undertaken by scientists from the Departments of Biophysics and Biostatistics, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, the School of Medical Science and Technology, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal and at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, in India, sought to explore the ‘cutaneous’ features of ‘Reflexology Areas’ by measuring with a non-invasive form of Swept Source-Optical Coherence Tomography.
They were successful in recording micro-anatomical alterations of Reflexology Areas in subjects suffering from Low Back Pain.
The researchers also felt that this technology (SS-OCT) is a new tool that will help Reflexologists research and validate the beliefs underlying the practice, that the external surface features of bodies (feet) have a definite correlation to the structural and functional status of the related internal body parts.
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