Although scientific investigation has offered little support for the claims of reflexologists, there is still a demand for their services. Hilary McQueen considers a therapy which offers many theories, but little solid proof.
In the Alternative Therapies series, Kathy Sykes investigates the literature and science behind reflexologist's claims that pressure points on the feet mirror (hence "reflexology") parts of the wider body and finds little good evidence in support. But while science does not have evidence for the mechanisms put forward by reflexologists, it still attracts patients and practitioners, many of whom are convinced it offers a genuine benefit. So why are they convinced when - as Hilary MacQueen explains - scientists aren't? In this personal discussion of reflexology, practitioner Elizabeth Rabone offers an insight into her work, how she believes it works, and why she feels it has a role in the modern world.