Effect of Foot Reflexology Andoral Hypoglycemic Drug on Haemoglobin A1c in Diabetic Type 2 Persons
This study was quasi experimental research used the randomized control group pretest – posttest design, and aimed to test the effects of foot reflexology and oral hypoglycemic drug on Haemoglobin A1c in persons with type 2 diabetes, based on a complementary therapy framework. Methods and Material: The sample was selected purposively and was randomized into control 25 persons and 25 persons into experimental groups. The control group received mimicked foot reflexology (MFR) and the experimental group received true foot reflexology (TFR). Both groups receivedoral hypoglycemic drug and foot reflexology every day for 30 minutes per day for 2 months. The data were analyzed by using statistics regarding frequency, percentage, independent t-test and paired sample t-test.The results showed that TFR was significantly reduce Haemoglobin A1c better than MFR (p < .0001 ). According to the results, Foot reflexology can be use combination with medication and behavior modification for glycemic control in Diabetic Type 2 patients. It could be reduce the risk of diabetic foot ulcers and lower extremity amputation and fulfill holistic care in persons with type2 diabetes.
Index Terms— Foot reflexology, complementary and Alternative Medicine, Haemoglobin A1c, Diabetes Mellitus, Health Science.