Reflexology is a science which deals with the principle that there are reflexes in the feet relative to each and every organ and all parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way.
Trained Reflexologists use a technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex areas on the hands and feet to bring about a state of deep relaxation and to stimulate the body’s own healing processes. It’s a natural therapy that can help boost the immune system and create a stronger body and calmer mind. During a treatment, over 7000 nerves ending in the feet are worked to help create the necessary sense of balance and wellbeing. Reflexology works by treating the whole person as well as the symptoms presented.
There have been numerous research studies looking into reflexology and its effectiveness for treating a wide range of medical conditions. Generally speaking the results are very positive and show that reflexology can help on both the physical as well as the emotional level.
Here are some of the possible benefits of reflexology:
- Relieves the effects of stress.
- Improves and supports the immune system.
- Clears the body of toxins
- Relieves pain
- Improves Digestion
- Eliminates waste from the body
- Promotes relaxation
- Assists the body to heal any current disorders
- Boosts circulation
What is Lymphoedema ?
Primary Lymphoedema is defined by the NHS is caused by alterations (mutations) in genes responsible for the development of the lymphatic system.
Secondary Lymphedema is a secondary condition that is formed when a normal lymphatic system has been damaged. Cancer surgery that involves removing sections of the lymphatic system can therefore cause Secondary Lymphedema.
The most common cancers where this happens are:
- Breast Cancer
- Skin Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Vulval Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic Drainage Massage has been widely used to help people suffering with Secondary Lymphedema . It is a gentle skin massage which encourages the extra lymph fluid to move away from the swollen areas, so it can drain more effectively. Reflexology Lumphatirc Drainage may be used in the same way.
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage is a specific technique that our reflexologists have been trained in. It specifically focuses on stimulating the lymphatic system. The technique uses a specific sequence that aims to have an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. This technique was researched extensively over many years by the renowned reflexologist Sally Kay. She developed the technique whilst working in Cancer Care. Her research appears to support the theory of reflexology. See here for further details.
Why people with cancer use reflexology?
Reflexology, alongside acupuncture are the most popular types of complementary therapy in the UK among people with cancer.
Reflexology may help you by:
- Reducing pain
- Relaxing and help support you through stress and anxiety
- Increasing your mood
- Increase your feeling of wellbeing
Although reflexology is safe for patients of all ages when provided by our well-trained practitioners, there are key areas of caution for some patients.
Blood Clots: Do not receive reflexology if you have a blood clot.
Research with reflexology for breast cancer patients
Quality of life in early breast cancer – A study carried out in 2009 researched whether reflexology or scalp massage could increase the quality of life in women with early breast cancer, compared to social and physical support on its own (self initiated support). The women were separated into three groups.
They had one of the following:
- reflexology plus self-initiated support
- scalp massage plus self initiated support
- self initiated support
Each group had the same amount of support.
The study concluded that the women who had reflexology or scalp massage had improved quality of life compared to the group that just had support without a treatment.