When you get a Sports Injury, Reflexology is not usually the first holistic therapy that you would think of. However, Reflexology can help reduce pain and speed up the overall recovery period, regardless of whether you are a professional athlete, semi-pro, or participate in a sporting activity to keep fit and healthy.
In fact, incorporating Reflexology into your fitness regime can be extremely beneficial.
Reflexology aims to support or accelerate the recovery from a serious injury, minor impact or perhaps even over-use injuries. Many athletes use Reflexology in a preventative capacity to create a body balance and improved health in general.
Reflexology for Athletes
International track and field athlete Steve Watson was left crippled after a horrific sports injury with his 2016 Olympic dream in tatters. He smashed his spinal discs and also suffered severe muscle damage to the lower back and was left unable to bend, and barely able to move without assistance.
For 18 frustrating months, Steve would undergo physician guidance to try and repair the muscle and bone damage, but with very little progress and still very limited mobility. Then in October 2014, his life changed for the better after he was introduced to Reflexology by expert Mr Parham Donyai.
“We began treatment and within two weeks the pain was considerably better, and within a month it was gone.”
Steve said: “Like many, prior to the Reflexology treatment I was a real sceptic, and now I’m kicking myself for not trying it much earlier following my injury.
“I would strongly recommend alternative treatments to anyone who has been let down by conventional treatment.
“It totally worked for me and if it worked on me, it can work on anyone.”
Reflexology for Golfers
Some very prominent PGA Tour Pros, also use the ancient eastern healing therapy of Reflexology. The list is extensive with such names as Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, John Daly, Fred Funk, David Duval, Fred Couples and more. Fred Funk stated in a testimonial that Reflexology has helped him deal with ‘over use injuries’ he has from playing golf.
So how does Reflexology help with a sports injury?
Sports professionals can benefit from regular Reflexology treatments as they can improve circulation and encourage lymphatic action. This physiological ‘boost to the system’ energises tired muscles and inhibits the production of lactic acid.
When athletes compete, it is the whole body which is affected. Reflexology helps to balance and relax the main organ systems in the body: endocrine, muscular, circulatory, cardiovascular, respiratory, and lymphatic which are all involved when the body is functioning at high intensity.
By working the foot and it’s reflexes, we are stimulating the body’s own natural healing abilities and addressing imbalances throughout the whole body. There are thousands of nerve endings in the feet which all correspond to a gland, organ or muscle in the body. There are even reflex points for the joints and limbs.
By using specific Reflexology techniques, we can pinpoint areas of stress before they manifest physically as pain or weakness thereby reducing the likelihood of potential injury.
Reflexology for Sports Recovery and Healing
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, when energy becomes blocked or stagnant in the body, injury and disease can occur. The body quite literally becomes ‘out of sync’. The aim of Reflexology is to bring the body back into a perfect state of balance by allowing the energy to flow smoothly.
The relaxing effects of Reflexology are so vital at times of injury where stress levels may be elevated and the player or athlete is not able to compete. The emotional and psychological impact of the injury should never be underestimated. It is just as important to balance the mind as it is to balance the physical body.
Reflexology supports the central lnervous system and targets specific stress reflexes on the feet to bring about a deep state of relaxation and inner calm. The adrenal glands play an important role in any inflammatory conditions by producing glucocorticoids, the most abundant being Cortisol (Hydrocortisone). By using specific Reflexology techniques on the adrenal gland reflex, a completely natural, but potent anti-inflammatory response is triggered.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe