Reflexology provides relief from muscle aches and pains
Whether we over do it in the garden or at the gym, muscle aches and pains are a regular occurence for people with busy, active lives.
Reflexology can be used as an alternative to physiotherapy. In a recent study of physiotherapists, 68% of respondents rated reflexology as “very good,” “good” or “as good as” orthodox physiotherapy practices.
Researchers at the University of Portsmouth scientifically tested reflexology as a treatment for acute pain. They found that people felt about 40% less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45% longer when they used reflexology as a method of pain relief.
Reflexology as a natural painkiller
Reflexologists use their fingers and thumbs on reflex areas in the feet which act on pain in different parts of the body.
We don’t yet know exactly why reflexology works so well on acute pain such as myalgia.
One theory is that reflexology acts on the nerve endings in the feet to block pain signals received in the brain from other parts of the body such as the neck or lower back.
A recent study also suggests that the deeply soothing massage of the feet as part of a reflexology treatment reduces the perception of pain and thereby gives relief from muscle aches and pains.
What my clients say about reflexology and pain
A number of my clients are living with arthritis and chronic back pain.
They use reflexology as a natural painkiller alongside over the counter and prescription drugs to help manage their pain.
“I highly recommend Michelle. I had my first reflexology last week as l had sciatica. All the tingling has now gone“Pauline, Earith
“Really helped with some aches and pains I’d been having and will definitely be going back”Carly from Warboys
Reflexology is a complementary health therapy
Reflexology is a complementary health therapy. It works alongside conventional medicine.
Unlike prescribed or over the counter medication, reflexology acts on the whole body and rather than on specific conditions and ailments.
Over a course of treatments reflexology will bring your body back into balance.
Reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or treat for a specific condition.
Reflexology is not a substitute for conventional medicine. You should therefore not use reflexology instead of medical treatments.
However, it may complement your medical treatment and is often available through private health insurance plans.
Reflexology treatments and private health care plans
The Government set up the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) to regulate complementary health practitioners.
I am registered with the CNHC.
This means that clients who have qualifying health care plans may be able to reclaim the cost of their treatments when they visit Feet First Reflexology Bluntisham.