This Boston Globe article discusses how reflexology therapy helps patients dealing with chronic pain, particularly cancer patients. The article also discusses how other alternative therapies, such as Reiki and acupuncture, have helped and continue to help patients.
Massage therapist Maria Barbara “Bambi’’ Mathay roamed the pediatric clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, looking for takers. It wasn’t long before she spotted Carlie Gonzalez, 15, wrapped in a yellow blanket and weary from seven months of chemotherapy.
Carlie was playing freshman volleyball at Milford High School last fall when an ache in her collarbone became intolerable. A CT scan revealed an aggressive bone cancer that required surgery and potent anticancer drugs that make Carlie nauseated.