Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is viewed as an alternative cancer therapy. It should not be considered as a replacement for other cancer treatments but it can nevertheless provide a number of important benefits in helping cancer sufferers to relax as well as reduce pain and anxiety. We will explore this topic in more detail here.
Reflexology is a type of treatment uses targeted pressure on certain areas of the feet. The goal is to relieve a variety of problems the patient may be experiencing and help to balance the flow of vital energy in the body.
There is no hard scientific evidence that reflexology has any measurable benefit in treating pain or discomfort. It is also not recommended as a primary treatment option for many diseases. But as indicated earlier, there are many patients who believe that the technique can free them from pain, stress and discomfort.
The theory of reflexology states that there are certain reflex points which are located in the hands, feet and ears which are directly linked to various organs and other parts of the body. If these points can be properly stimulated then it can have a positive effect on the organs it is attached to.
Reflexology is promoted for use in helping with respiratory infections, headaches, back pain, diabetes, asthma, skin problems, gastrointestinal issues and many other conditions.
But the primary benefit for cancer patients is the ability to help to make the patient more relaxed and feeling good.
A reflexologist is a specially trained practitioner in these techniques. They will usually spend some time with the patient initially to better understand their medical condition and what they are feeling. The patient would then be placed in a special chair which would allow the reflexologist to select the reflex points on his feet. Most sessions last about 30 to an hour.
Some patients can learn to find the reflex points in their own feet or teach a family member to do so. This can help with at home therapy sessions.
Reflexology is not legally regulated in most states so it is not necessary to have a formal license to practice these techniques. It is therefore very important to find a practitioner who has well documented training, experiences and successes.
Reflexology is based on techniques originally developed in ancient Egypt and China. It became more refined in the early twentieth century when an American doctor named William Fitzgerald, MD began to study and document the reflex points on the feet. More work occurred through the 1930’s to further refine and improve the techniques.
As indicated earlier, reflexology should not be used as a sole method of treating cancer. There is no scientific evidence to support that these techniques can directly affect the disease. But as many patients can attest, it can be very useful in reducing pain and discomfort and bringing a better quality of life to cancer patients. Just be careful in choosing the most qualified and experienced practitioner possible in order to achieve the best possible results.
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