Reflexology is very likely something you have hear of and it is probably a word that you are very familiar with, but I suspect it will still help if we start out with a definition of what Reflexology is…

So what is reflexology?

The process of reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears, in order to help alleviate stress, to different areas of the body.

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The idea is not new and in fact it was practiced in Eqyptian culture as early as 2330 BC!

An important aspect of the physiological side as it relates to reflexology and the feet is that biopsied deposits (which reflexologists refer to as “crystals”) are located in the reflex areas of the feet, and are associated with pain, contain nervous fibers and have different characteristics based upon their degree of acuity.

What does reflexology involve?

Those who administer reflexology include massage therapists, chiropractors and physical therapists, just to name a few.

They use charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas and use certain tools such as wooden sticks, hard rubber balls, rubber bands, along with their hands and fingers to assist them in their preventative maintenance treatment process.

Research has disclosed some of the benefits of reflexology to be the following: reduced pain, promote a state of relaxation, reduce anxiety and depression.

benefits of reflexology_4So, as it relates to specific conditions here some of the roles of reflexology

– With varicose vein surgery, patients showed lower intra-operative anxiety and shorter pain duration.

– For post-menopausal women there was a reduction in anxiety and depression when incorporating the reflexology with an extensive foot massage.

– With people who had lung and/or breast cancer there was a significant decrease of pain while undergoing the cancer treatment.

– People dealing with Type II Diabetes showed improvements in pain reduction, glycemic control and nerve conductivity.

– In the area of multiple sclerosis, a research group studied a group of women and found that when they were administered reflexology they had a reduction in fatigue.

– For those dealing with chronic sinusitis, a group was administered reflexology over a two week period and faired just as well as another group that were administered nasal douching .

– With people in post-operative situations, they have had a significant reduction in the use of conventional pain medication when accompanied by the application of reflexology verses just following a normal course of recovery pain medicine.

Summary

Studies have concluded that reflexology has an “impact on specific organs”, creates a “relaxation effect”, contributes to “pain reduction”, and can be associated with an “amelioration of symptoms” within a person who is treated with this modality.

Since doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension, we can all stand to benefit from this treatment and allow nature to normalize our bodies.

For all practical purposes the only equipment we need is our hands and fingers, and there are books that contain the charts and “how to apply” the therapy for those who “do it” themselves.

Take note, it will not make any condition more acute and it is a safe effective way to better health!

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