Reflexology has been practiced in Egypt for hundreds of years
and reflexology was first introduced to the Western world
in the early 1900s.
It is a complementary therapy
that uses specific pressure points, mainly on the feet, to
ease symptoms felt in other parts of the body. Sometimes it
is known as ‘zone’ therapy.
Reflexology does not cure
or diagnose illnesses but does help to reduce symptoms and
help the healing process.
Reflexologists think that
certain areas on the feet, and sometimes hands, relate to
other parts of the body and by applying pressure at differing
strengths, any conditions experienced in other areas in the
body will be helped.
They believe that there can
be build-ups of toxic deposits in the feet that need breaking
down in order for the healing process to begin and the toxins
to be eliminated. Once this is done, it can help in reducing
illness, stress and injury further.
The reflexologist will take
into account the individual’s routine and try to get
an insight into their way of life in order to find the best
How Can Reflexology
Help Back Pain?
Reflexology is known to be
used for both chronic and acute pain and is also good for
reducing stress, which can worsen people’s view of pain.
Reflexology increases emotional
well-being and reduces stress; chronic back pain can cause
stress which will lead to an increase in the pain level experienced,
for that reason by reducing stress, the symptoms of chronic
back pain can also be reduced.
Conditions such as sciatica
and arthritis are best treated by having two sessions a month.
Treatment plans for complaints such as osteoporosis and herniated
discs will depend on the level of pain experienced by the
sufferer and the severity of the condition.
Reflexology boosts the immune
system as well as increasing circulation, both of which will
help the healing process and speed up recovery, along with
stopping the original complaint from reoccurring.
Where Can I Find
Unfortunately, not all NHS
establishments offer reflexology. Your GP will be able to
inform you on whether your Trust offers this service.
There are many reflexologists
practising in Britain, and in order to find a decent practitioner,
it is advised that you make contact with a professional governing
body in order to find a capable and legitimate therapist.
Details of these organisations can be found from the internet,
healthcare providers or from local telephone directories.
How Much Does a Reflexologist
On average sessions cost around
£30 to £70, depending on their reputation and
their speciality (many reflexologists specialise in areas
such as back care, infertility and children). Treatment can
be carried out in the therapists work place or in the clients
Contra-indications for the
Use of Reflexology
The practice of reflexology has to be careful of where gout,
osteoarthritis of the feet and ankles, circulatory problems,
heart disease and obviously on areas of broken, burnt or damaged
skin are present. Always tell the therapist of any other medical
conditions you have, and seeking advice from your GP is advisable
before starting any sessions.
Reflexology, if practiced
accurately by a fully qualified therapist can be very useful
in the treatment of many medical conditions.