Feet are so important to good health, if you wear shoes which are too tight or injure your foot it can affect how you place your foot when walking and ultimately have an effect on your health and well-being.
I now offer Structural Reflexology sessions which combine reflexology with massage to the feet and lower legs along with a gentle mobilisation of the feet. It aims to release tension in the feet as a result of muscle and ligament strain and it allows the bones of the feet to settle back into their position with improved functionality.
This client injured her foot over 15 years ago, the ankle was very puffy more so after walking. She also experienced pain in her feet on rising in the morning and after sitting for long periods it was difficult to weight bear on that foot.
After 6 treatments the pain and swelling have reduced greatly, she is able to walk along the coast path again without pain and the foot no longer swells up. Also to her delight the toes are shifting back to their natural position and she is now able to move the toes gently, she was not able to do this before.
Also as an aside the big toe, in reflexology terms, relates to the head, neck and jaw. This client has long standing jaw issues so as well as treating the foot from a structural point of view regarding the bones and muscles I also work the parts of the feet that have congestion in their reflex points. Namely the head, neck, jaw and shoulder reflexes.
Often the feet and ankles can swell due to fluid retention, by working the lymphatic system via the feet it can reduce swelling in these areas.
Gentle exercise such as walking, dry skin brushing & drinking plenty of water and reducing caffeine and sugar can also help to improve fluid retention.
Reflexology and it's use in Lymphoedema
I have trained in Reflexology Lymph Drainage techniques which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause a positive effect on the lymphatic system in the body.
A small research study was carried out to examine the use of Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) in the treatment of Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema (BCRL). The conclusion was that RLD may be a useful intervention for BCRL but further research was needed.
The treatment can be carried out on the hands or feet.