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Rooting for Reflexology

Alternative forms of medicine often have a bad reputation or are seen in a negative light, but would they exist if tried and tested generic medical methods worked every time? At the very least, testing the hypothesis of something is how science eventually determines results, so why not test the hypothesis of alternative medicine before reaching a definitive conclusion?

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on zones in the foot that have corresponding nerve cells leading to and infiltrating various organs and other functional components in the body. Essentially, reflexology studies reflexes and how certain parts of the body can map other body parts and provide relief through pressure on specific points.

What Can Reflexology Do?

Reflexology has been successful in the management of musculoskeletal pain, insomnia, anxiety and stress, hormonal and digestive imbalances as well as circulatory problems. It is effective for targeted tension relief and has even been effective in alleviating symptoms associated with chemotherapy such as nausea, pain, constipation and diarrhoea.

Types of Reflexology

Surprisingly, reflexology doesn’t just take place in the foot, but certain reflexologies incorporate hands, ears and the face. The flocco method of reflexology focuses on a combination of the feet, hand and ears for optimum results. Other types of reflexology include meridian and vertical reflex therapy. Choosing a method would depend on your desired outcomes and personal preferences.

Who Should Look into Reflexology?

Anyone suffering with circulatory or inflammatory problems, hormone or digestive imbalances as well as those who are stressed, trying to recover from an injury or forced to take medications that have hostile side effects. Reflexology has also been adapted for pregnancy and has branched off to maternity reflexology which can support the wellbeing of a mom and baby through all three trimesters

Finding a Reflexologist

Reflexology therapy should only be administered by a qualified practitioner that has all the necessary expertise to ensure optimal treatment outcomes. To find out more, contact the team at Fourways Health Centre or visit their website.