Reflexology is a complementary therapy that involves applying pressure to certain points on the feet, hands, or ears, which are believed to correspond to different parts of the body. While there is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that reflexology can help alleviate chronic pain, the scientific evidence is limited.
There have been some small studies that suggest reflexology may be beneficial for chronic pain conditions such as low back pain, cancer-related pain, and fibromyalgia. For example, a 2015 systematic review of randomized controlled trials found that reflexology was effective in reducing pain in patients with cancer-related pain.
However, more research is needed to confirm these findings and to determine the specific mechanisms by which reflexology might work to alleviate pain. It’s also important to note that reflexology should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment or pain management and that people with chronic pain should consult with their healthcare provider before trying any complementary therapies.
Pressure Points and Pain Relief
Reflexology is based on the theory that specific points on the feet, hands, or ears correspond to different parts of the body, including organs, glands, and other body systems. According to reflexology, applying pressure to these specific points can help to stimulate the corresponding body part and promote healing and relaxation.
While reflexology is not a substitute for medical treatment, there are certain reflexology points that may be targeted to help alleviate pain. Here are some examples:
- Head and Neck: The big toe is believed to correspond to the head and neck, so applying pressure to the base of the big toe may help to relieve headaches and neck pain.
- Back: The area around the heel and the arch of the foot are said to correspond to the back, so applying pressure to these areas may help to relieve back pain.
- Abdomen: The area just below the ball of the foot is believed to correspond to the abdomen, so applying pressure to this area may help to relieve stomach and digestive pain.
- Pelvis: The inside edge of the foot, near the heel, is thought to correspond to the pelvis, so applying pressure to this area may help to relieve pelvic pain.
Reflexology can be a helpful complementary therapy to support pain relief, but whether or not it should be used as an ongoing support for pain relief depends on the individual and their specific pain condition. While some people may find that regular reflexology sessions help to alleviate their chronic pain and improve their quality of life, others may not experience significant benefits from this therapy.
A qualified reflexologist who has experience working with people with chronic pain can help you develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and adjust the therapy as necessary to ensure that you are getting the most benefit from the treatment. Lynn is just the person for the job! Her caring heart, 25+ years of experience, and ongoing training certifications make her the best candidate for your Calgary Reflexology needs!