Reflexology is primarily used for chronic pain syndromes. It also used for asthma,angina, back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), constipation, encopresis, fibromyalgia, headache, menopausal symptoms, migraine, multiple sclerosis (MS), osteoarthritis, overactive bladder, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and rheumatoid arthritis. Reflexology is also used for improving lactation, for stress reduction, and relaxation. In additional to being used as a treatment, reflexology is sometimes used as a diagnostic tool.
Reflexology utilizes pressure points primarily on the soles of feet to change the flow of energy in the body. The pressure or contact points used in foot reflexology share some similarities to the Meridians or energy channels used in acupuncture. Although reflexology is primarily applied to the feet, it can also be applied to the hands and ears.
It’s believed that “reflex” areas on the feet and hands correspond to other parts of the body and specific glands and organs. Therefore, applying pressure to specific areas on the feet and hands is thought to affect those specific areas of the body There are many beliefs or theories about how reflexology might improve health. Many practitioners of reflexology believe medical conditions and disease arises from imbalances in energy. By correcting the energy balance through reflexology, practitioners believe it will improve the innate healing ability of the body.
Some practitioners also believe that reflexology stimulates blood flow resulting in improved tissue perfusion and an improved sense of well-being. Other practitioners believe that reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system to release “toxins” or that it stimulates the nervous system to improve energy. For pain, similar to other manual therapies, the tactile stimulus provided by reflexology is thought to result in decreased pain signal transmission through sensory neural fibers.
How can Reflexology help ?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally, to restore its own healthy balance. Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.
Reflexology has been shown to aid: stress-related conditions, back pain, arthritis, migraine, sleep disorders, sports injuries, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders.
After having completed a course of reflexology treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments, in order to maintain health and well-being.
While many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body, at the same time many doctors, consultants and others heath care professionals recognize, reflexology as a well establish respected and effective therapy.
Reflexology does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Each session of reflexology works on an individual basis, also helping us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level.