Reflexology and Arthritis

Reflexology and Arthritis

Arthritis causes pain, stiffness and swelling of your joints and other, associated connective tissues. Individuals with arthritus often find it beneficial to find ways to  manage their symptoms successfully and of improving their quality of life.

This is where reflexology may be very useful as it may be able to offer the following:

  • Pain relief –  Research undertaken that looked into the effectiveness of  reflexology in treating arthritis concentrated on the treatments ability to reduce pain and/or the need for pain medications.  Regular treatments may help to reduce pain and (in some cases)  alleviate the depression long term sufferers can sometimes experience.
  • Detoxification –  Often those suffering with gout, pseudogout and some other forms of arthritis will be encouraged to change their diet to help reduce their symptoms.  Reflexology may be able to help to speed up the process of removing toxins from the body, have a positive effect on your metabolic rate and therefore feel the benefits of any dietary changes sooner.
  • Improve sleep – Chronic pain can often result in poor sleep and this in itself can create a a catch-22 situation as tiredness often exacerbates the feeling of pain and the ability to cope with it. Reflexology may be able to help improve sleep quality, helping the person manage pain more easily.
  • Improve circulation – Reflexology, as with most massage and accupressure,  may be an excellent way of improving the circulation of both blood and lymph. Improving circulation may help to remove toxins that are contributing to arthritic symptoms. This is particularly important for individuals who suffer from arthritis caused by metabolic waste products that have been deposited around specific joints (such as gout). Getting rid of these waste products may help to significantly reduce the symptoms of gout, pseudogout and other forms of arthritis.
  • Reduce stress levels – The discomfort caused by arthtiris can often increase the amount of stress in your life, making you more irritable and less able to deal with other stressful situations. In the  long-term stress can leave you feeling exhausted, debilitated and prone to developing other symptoms of ill-health – as well as making your arthritic symptoms worse. Regular treatments may help to reduce stress and therefore any stress related illness.
  • Improve the immune response – Some forms of arthritis such rheumatoid arthritis , are autoimmune conditions meaning they develop as a result of the body’s immune system attacking other body tissues. Reflexology concentrates on balancing all body systems; that includes encouraging the immune system to respond normally.

What if the Arthritis is in Your Feet?

Although reflexology treatments are most commonly carried out on the feet, most reflexologists are trained to work on the hands as well. Foot reflexology treatments would not be recommended if, for example, you suffered with gout and you were experiencing a flare-up of your symptoms at the time of the treatment. In a situation like this, working on the hands would be just as effective; and the feet can be treated between flare-ups

December 12, 2012 · by  · in Blog · Tags:

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