Reflexology - a method of treatment that utilizes a therapeutically pressure on various points of the feet. According to reflexology principles defined in the feet portions correspond to different parts of the body, and the pressure influences the first second. In some cases, treatment is applied to the impact point, located in the palms and ears.
For thousands of years the art, similar to reflexology, applied in Egypt and China. In the early twentieth century American physician William Fitzgerald developed a technique, which he called "zone therapy." He identified specific points on the feet, which can be used to diagnose and treat various diseases. In addition, he will share the entire body into ten zones, each of which corresponded, according to the doctor, certain points on the feet. He believed that careful impact on the feet can alleviate the symptoms of various diseases.
In 1930, Eunice Ingham, a nurse and a physiotherapist, has continued to develop this technique to include the impact on specific reflex points. Thanks to this method was renamed reflexology.
Take a few theories to explain the mechanism of action of acupuncture, but none of them is scientifically proven. Supporters of acupuncture believe that the disease develops when blocked field and energetic flow of the body. Stimulation of points on the feet, improves the flow of vital energy to various parts of the body. According to another theory, reflexology promotes the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and stimulates nerves, improving the flow of lymph. Some researchers believe that it contributes to the dissolution of uric acid crystals, which partly provides its healing effect.
Before we examine the patient's foot, experts, practitioners reflexology often learn history. During examination and treatment session the patient remains fully clothed, only takes off his shoes and socks. Therapy begins with a gentle massage of the feet, and then the therapist works on specific reflex points. Reflexology should not cause pain to the patient.
Typically used for massage oil or lotion. Sometimes apply and special tools, such as wooden sticks, clothespins, combs, rubber balls, rubber bands, wire brushes, special massagers, clips.
Some textbooks on acupuncture points out that the patient may feel tingling in parts of the body, which is influenced by stimulating the corresponding reflex points. This phenomenon has not been studied.
Reflexology session lasts from 30 to 60 mine; course of therapy may last from four to eight weeks. Often, patients are taught some skills reflexology.
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Reflexology is useful for relaxation
Relaxation and stress - calm, not panic!
, Stress relief
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and anxiety inherent in patients at increased anxiety
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. Scientists do not know exactly how the effect of acupuncture in the anxiety of the patient is different from the action of a conventional massage.
Reflexology can be used to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Impact on the reflex points for headaches and migraines reduces or eliminates the need for patients to painkillers.
Supporters of acupuncture claim that it helps to cope with these disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and faecal incontinence (fecal incontinence). It can relieve back pain (though virtually useless for chronic pain), and remove the leg swelling late in pregnancy.
Some researchers suggest that reflexology can relieve motor and sensory symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
It, moreover, provides relief for asthma (asthma its action is similar to the placebo effect), side effects of chemotherapy, colic, diabetes, and depression
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Reflexology is contraindicated for people with gout in the active phase and not fully cured wounds. Osteoarthritis patients, especially if the struck joints of the feet, as well as serious violations in the work of the circulatory system, it is necessary to consult with your doctor before you take a course of acupuncture.
According to confirmed data is not sufficient, active stimulation of the feet can cause uterine contractions. Therefore, pregnant women can undergo a course of acupuncture only with the consent of a doctor.
For serious diseases reflexology can not replace treatment by methods approved by the official medicine.