At Footsteps In Eden, my own reflexology practice in Bartlett, TN, I'm often asked about specific conditions and how reflexology may help. Over the next weeks, I will be posting what I believe will be some informative and helpful posts with links to further information on reflexology and its possible benefits for common (and perhaps a few not so common) health related issues. Your personal experiences are highly valued. Please share your comments for all of us to learn more.
The "Arthritis Treated with Alternative Medicine" website has this to say about reflexology for arthritis relief:
The benefits of reflexology extend past simply relieving pain. This alternative method of healing can also be used to achieve balance and health as well as to maintain good health, and
Reflexology can be used to achieve good health and balance or to alleviate symptoms from stress, migraines, infertility, back pain, arthritis and injury. It is not a means to cure ailments but rather a method to soothe and ease pain without the side effects of medications. Reflexology can speed the healing process and may be used alongside traditional medicine and medications.
Personally, I found this tidbit from the Universal College of Reflexology to be quite interesting. The part of the body affected (by arthritis) is shown by a knuckle enlargement of the corresponding finger.
Index Finger -- Hips & Lower Back
Middle Finger -- Knees
Ring Finger -- Legs and Feet
Small Finger -- Neck & Upper Back
For anyone with arthritis that is reading this, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this concept. Comments?
Explaining how reflexology may be helpful for arthritis sufferers, The Reflexology Clinic shares this from the Newsletter archives. (Visit their website to view the complete article.)
Arthritis is considered to be any abnormality of a joint with heat, pain & inflammation. Arthritis puts stress on the body that is often in a highly acidic state . . . . due to a large quantity of acid waste material (uric acid) which affects the bony structure of the body because it is not being eliminated properly from the system. Acid waste material collects in the joints causing swelling & in some cases can even cause complete calcification & deformity because of the erosive action.
Although modern medicine provides some relief from the pain of arthritis, we can go back to the simplicity of nature for help as well. Our body has the capacity to cure itself of any ailment that might attack it when given a little help from nature. Using reflexology we can stimulate the particular problem area such as the knee, shoulder, hip, legs, lower back, etc. as well as the organs of elimination to assist in removing acid waste material from the body. By stimulating specific reflexes we help detoxify an acidic system & enhance the immune system.
While it is important to understand reflexologists do not diagnose or treat diseases, and their services do not in anyway substitute for regular medical care, the caring & supportive touch therapy reflexologists offer may be helpful to those suffering from arthritis.
Visit my reflexology website: FootstepsInEden to see interactive footcharts, find information about other benefits of reflexology, to order gift certificates, and see what clients are saying about reflexology.