Reflexology for Chronic Pain Treatment

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Filed Under: Clinical Therapies
Last Reviewed 03/07/2014

Reflexology for Chronic Pain Treatment

Reflexology treatment involves stimulation of specific points on the feet, hands and ears in order to promote healing throughout the body. In addition to its significant stress-reducing and relaxation-promoting properties, reflexology is a chronic pain treatment that can relieve other health conditions.

How Does Reflexology Treatment Work?

According to reflexology charts, various organs, glands and other parts of the body are represented by reflex points on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology treatment is based on the concept that manually stimulating these reflex points releases blockages, improves energy flow and alleviates health problems.

What Is a Typical Reflexology Treatment Session Like?

During a typical treatment, the reflexologist looks for tenderness and other symptoms, usually on the feet but also on the hands and ears. You sit or recline comfortably while the reflexologist manipulates these areas, releasing blockages, which restores the proper flow of blood and energy and stimulates healing.

For example, if you have back pain, the arches of your feet are manipulated. If you have a headache, nausea or insomnia, tender areas in the web between the thumb and forefinger are squeezed or pinched.

The frequency of treatments depends on your condition.

What Conditions Is Reflexology Treatment Good For?

Reflexology treatment can help treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Anxiety,
  • Arthritis,
  • Chronic pain,
  • Circulatory problems,
  • Constipation,
  • Corns/Calluses,
  • Diabetes complications,
  • Digestive disorders,
  • Fatigue,
  • Fibromyalgia,
  • Gout,
  • Headaches,
  • Foot pain,
  • Insomnia,
  • Menopausal discomfort,
  • Neuropathy,
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS),
  • Sciatica and
  • Tension.

Learn more about how we use reflexology treatment at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.

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