Reflexology is an effective holistic therapy for patients with fibromyalgia. Reflexology is becoming recognised as one of the more profound ways to help balance the body. By working on the reflex points on either your hands or your feet a Reflexologist is able to stimulate different organs, glands and musculoskeletal parts of the body. They call it an internal massage.
In reflexology, the top half of your body represents in the top half of your foot and the bottom half of your body is represented in the bottom half of your foot. The left and right sides of your body are represented by your left and right feet. Using reflexology as a treatment for fibromyalgia is supposed to be easier to understand if you know how your body works.
Reflexologists use a specific form of reflexology to deal with nerve pain, for fibromyalgia by reducing the severity of your symptoms. Reflexology is a homeopathic massage technique designed specifically to relieve pain. The earliest evidence of Reflexology comes from China, circa 2700 BCE. William Fitzgerald developed the ‘zone theory’ after finding that he could induce numbness and reduce certain symptoms in the body by simply applying pressure to specific points on the hands and mouth.
Records dating back as far as 2,700BC show that ancient Eastern Chinese Cultures practised massage to heal a number of ailments. Egyptian tombs have also been discovered to have images of figures being massaged. It is also well known that Julius Caesar underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.
It has been proven to improve circulation and with improved circulation, the overall pain many of us fibromyalgia sufferers have may decrease in intensity with this treatment. It can also help relieve toxins, release muscle tension and benefit your energy flow and balance. It does not work for everyone but many find it beneficial and have a regular treatment of it.
On the palm and wrist there are some 45 reflex points, and on the back of the hand 28 reflex points, that represent a particular organ, region, or function of the body. Since hand reflexology is performed by applying pressure from fingers and thumbs on reflex points on the hands, the practice can provide an easy, cost-effective and safe way to treat ailments. There are a number of online sites that show you how to apply hand reflexology from WikiHow to AOR Hand Reflexology Explorer where you can move the cursor to view the hand reflexology points and what they correspond to.
Pub Med wrote that data collected showed pain intensity scores were reduced by reflexology, and this decrease improved progressively in the first and sixth weeks of the intervention, indicating a cumulative dose effect. The results of the study implied that the inclusion of reflexology in the routine care of patients with fibromyalgia could provide nurses with an effective practice for reducing pain intensity in these patients.
There are also a number of books with images to show you where to press on your hands but before you try it yourself first check with your GP that he thinks this might be suitable for you.