U Mamma Magazine - February Newsletter: Reflexology for Back Pain
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Reflexology for Back Pain: Part 1
In my experience, Reflexology is extremely effective for any type of back pain, whatever its' origin. When the right areas of the feet or of the hands are treated with the right amount of pressure, the results are truly amazing. Nerve flow to the area of the painful back is improved and, over several sessions - in a matter of a few weeks in most cases, can even be optimised. The same goes for the blood and the lymph flows to the problem area of the back.
A person can feel an incredible amount of pain in the back even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with that back other than the muscles being weak.
Bad posture habits combined with a lack of activity combined with an attitude of fear of hurting your back even more lead to weak muscles which are easily prone to spasms.
If you've tried everything else and you really are in pain, give it a try. You have little to lose. Reflexology can do no harm; there are no detrimental side effects to it.
A few reminders and tips:
First of all, it is important to remember that Medical Reflexology is NOT a foot massage. The Reflexologist may incorporate some massage techniques in the treatment to relax the patient but the bulk of the treatment is in no way a massage.
The Reflexologist will "probe" the feet to look for congested areas. When he or she finds those congestion areas, deep pressure techniques will be applied to de-congest those reflexes. This may be painful. The pain will only last as long as the Reflexologist's fingers are working on the congested area. You will not go home with pain in your feet. When the Reflexologist sees that de-congesting a reflex is painful to you, he or she should ask you to breathe deep through the nose. This will release endorphins, the body's natural pain-killer.
A Reflexology session lasts between 45 minutes and one hour. In children and the elderly who are very sick, the time can be reduced (and the pressure applied is very light in the first treatments and only very gradually increased). The Golden Rule of Reflexology is that the closer together the sessions are in the beginning, the faster the recovery. Often, after two weeks of intensive treatments (3 times a week), a patient can stay almost pain-free for months without any additional Reflexology. 10 minutes of Reflexology every day is more beneficial than one whole -but very isolated- hour per week.
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Article written by Florence Cohen, Reflexologist, IIR MAR