Reflexology is one of the most popular treatments for back and joint pain today yet it isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. And as reported in The Telegraph and The Times of India, Reflexology may well be just as effective as mild painkillers like Aspirin, Acetaminophen, or Ibuprofen…
Reflexology for Pain Relief is primarily used by many people as a method of eliminating and alleviating pain.
As our bodies age, our nerve endings become less sensitive in parts of our body, particularly in our extremities. Reflexology for Pain Relief has been connected with stimulating more than 7,000 different nervous endings in a single session, thereby increasing their function and reactivity, which in turn could interrupt or alter the way you feel pain.
How Reflexology and Back/Joint Pain Works
The combination of increased nerve activity and circulation, as well as the more balanced functioning of the metabolism, means that cells re-grow faster and wounds are able to heal faster. Also, the pain-relieving qualities of Reflexology means that you can feel better faster, and are more willing to start physical recovery to get back into life!
In fact, Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that people felt about 40% less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45% longer, when they used Reflexology as a method of pain relief! Dr Carol Samuel, who is a trained Reflexologist and who carried out the experimental procedures as part of her PhD studies, said it was the first time this therapy had been scientifically tested as a treatment for acute pain. She said the results suggested that Reflexology for Pain Relief could be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain such as osteoarthritis and backache.
Reflexology for Pain Relief Treatments
As an analgesic treatment, Reflexology can also reduce the severity of migraines and headaches as well as back and joint pain simply by relieving tension in the muscles that can often result in these conditions. In particular any headaches induced by stress can also be eliminated, since stress and psychological factors often manifest in the physical symptoms of a migraine. This is actually one of the most popular applications of Reflexology for Pain Relief.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.