Reflexology "as effective as pain killers"....Daily Telegraph
Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have 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...... Dr Carol Samuel, who is a trained reflexologist and who carried out the experimental procedures as part of her PhD studies, said it was the first time this therapy had been scientifically tested as a treatment for acute pain......She said the results suggested that reflexology could be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers. Read full article
"Conclusions: Considering the results of the study, reflexology was superior to Ibuprofen on reducing dysmenorrhea and its treatment effect continued even after discontinuing the intervention in the third cycle. Therefore, considering that reflexology is a non-invasive, easy and cheap technique, it seems that it can replace anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to avoid their adverse side effects." Read full study
Facial and foot reflexology are forms of somatic therapy. More recently doctors are becoming aware of the effects of the psychological aspects of physical illness and that trauma from the past, physical or emotional, has caused an instability in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). By balancing your ANS a somatic therapist can help you regain your health and access the power of your body and mind to make the changes you want to make. Read about Somatic Therapy
Reflexology increases breast milk volume - A study
Results of the research show the mean increase in milk volume was significantly higher in the reflexology group compared to the control group on days one through five of the intervention period. Read about the study
A Touchy Subject
'Within the broad field of complementary medicine, lies profound practices that use touch to treat. Touch is a common daily behaviour which exists to support, comfort, soothe and heal a range of physiological and psychological problems......' Read Full article
An interesting piece of research suggests that connecting to the earth itself.... walking barefoot, wearing leather soled shoes or sleeping with a conductive mat/blanket may have considerable health benefits!! Read research
Reflexology for breast cancer patients
A study of 385 women with breast cancer was carried out.....
They found that those in the reflexology group experienced significantly less shortness of breath, a common symptom in breast cancer patients. Read Research
MPs Recommend complementary, traditional and natural medicine to help overstretched NHS
“A significant part of this strategy would be to treat patients as whole persons, with individual needs, rather than with a variety of illnesses that are treated separately.
This strategy should make greater use of natural, traditional and complementary therapies, which are widely used for a variety of conditions and represent an under-utilised resource which could work in tandem with conventional medicine to improve patient outcomes.” Read Full report
Connection between stress and auto immune disease confirmed by massive study
This is why regular reflexology may assist in lessening the symptoms of auto immune disease by inducing relaxation and reducing stress. Read Study
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