Does Reflexology work?
Often people are unsure about how Reflexology works and how successful it is. Recently there has been more research into the effects of Reflexology on the body which all show positive results.
Reflexology to Aid Birthing (2011)
A pilot study carried out at Walsall’s Manor Hospital revealed that reflexology can be hugely beneficial in the later stages of pregnancy. The results show that overall, the length of the first stage
of labour was four hours shorter and the second stage - when the woman
starts to push - was 21 minutes shorter, than of those women who had not
received the reflexology treatment. Also far less pain releif in labour was required in those who had Reflexology during the later stages of pregnancy.
CAM Pilot Project in Northern Ireland (2008)
show that 80% of patients had an improvement in the severity of their
presenting condition, and is also showed significant patient
improvements in lower pain levels, increased activity levels, using
less medication, and improved overall well being and general health.
Scientists in Hong Kong have used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to validate Reflexology.
Three separate studies have shown that when pressure is applied to
specific areas of the foot then the brain is activated in the
corresponding specific areas and correlates with the theory of Reflexology.
1999 and 2001 Austrian Research
separate studies have shown than when the kidney reflex is worked on
the foot that the blood flow to the kidneys increases, and when the
same is done to the intestine reflex the blood flow to the intestines
increase. This proves than when a specific of the foot is worked it
increases blood flow to the corresponding body part thereby maximising
and accelerating the healing process.