Foot Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress.
Reflexology theory is that areas of the feet correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to specific areas may affect the organs and provide a positive benefit to a person’s health.Foot charts are utilized by Reflexologists to guide them in the application of pressure to specific areas of the feet. Practitioners may use stones, rubber balls, rubber bands and smooth pieces of wood, to assist in their work. Massage therapists, physical therapists and chiropractors, among others may be trained and practice reflexology.
Several National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health funded studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.
Reflexology may also be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and cancer. However, scientific evidence is lacking to support these claims, although Reflexology is generally considered safe.
The information provided above is excerpted from: “What is reflexology? Can it relieve stress?” by Brent A. Bauer, M.D., www.mayoclinic.org