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Reflexology for Back Pain

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 18 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
Reflexology; Pressure Points; Symtom

Reflexology has been practiced in Egypt for many hundreds of years and the presence of reflexology was first introduced to the Western world in the early 1900s.

It is a complementary therapy that uses specific pressure points, mainly on the feet, to alleviate symptoms felt in other parts of the body.

Sometimes known as zone therapy, reflexology does not cure or diagnose illnesses, but does help to reduce symptoms and aid the healing process.

Reflexologists believe that certain areas on the feet, and sometimes hands, relate to other parts of the body and by applying pressure at differing strengths, any conditions experienced in other anatomies will be helped. They believe that there can be build-ups of toxic deposits in the feet that need breaking down in order for the healing process to begin and the toxins to be eliminated. Once this is achieved, overall balance of the body’s systems can be sought, reducing illness, stress and injury further.

The reflexologist will take into account the individual’s lifestyle and try to gain an insight into their lives in order to find the best treatment plan.

How Can Reflexology Help Back Pain?

Reflexology is known to be of use for both chronic and acute pain and is also good for reducing stress, which can exacerbate people’s perception of pain.

Reflexology reduces stress and increases emotional well-being; chronic back pain can cause stress leading to an increase in the pain level experienced, therefore by reducing stress, the symptoms of chronic back ache can also be reduced.

Conditions such as sciatica and arthritis are optimally treated by having twice monthly sessions, treatment plans for complaints such as osteoporosis and herniated discs will depend on the level of pain experienced and the severity of the condition.Reflexology also increases circulation and boosts the immune system, both of which will help the healing process and speed up recovery, along with preventing recurrence of the original complaint.

Where Can I Find a Reflexologist?

Unfortunately, reflexology is not available in all NHS establishments; your GP will be able to advise you on whether your Trust offers this service. There are many reflexologists practising in Britain, and in order to find a reputable practitioner, it is advised that contact with a professional governing body is made in order to find a competent and legitimate therapist. Details of these organisations can be sought from internet sources, healthcare providers or from local telephone directories.

How Much Does a Reflexologist Charge?

Typically sessions cost around £30 to £70, depending on their reputation and their speciality (many reflexologists specialise in areas such as back care, infertility and children). Treatment may be performed in the therapists environment or in the clients own home.

Contra-indications for the Use of Reflexology

The practice of reflexology is to be cautionary in the presence of gout, osteoarthritis of the feet and ankles, circulatory problems, heart disease and obviously on areas of broken, burnt or damaged skin. Always tell the therapist of any other medical conditions, and seeking advice from your GP is advisable before starting any sessions.

Reflexology, if practiced correctly by a fully qualified therapist can be very useful in the treatment of many medical conditions.

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