Could reflexology help arthritis sufferers?
It will surprise you to discover how far reaching the benefits can be. Not only is it a truly holistic treatment but it is also an extremely pleasant experience. People get hooked on the good experience of the treatment and the health benefits gained. It doesn’t cure arthritis (you would have to make some serious diet changes etc) it can however have profound affect on your quality of life. If your arthritis is in your feet it may not be possible to have reflexology on the feet.
Reflexology can your body cope with stress
Reflexology can calm the whole body and encourage a deep sense of relaxation, this in itself can reduce the pain of arthritis. Stress is a fact of life none of us can escape it. In fact it’s not the stress that’s the problem but the way we handle it, the way we perceive it. We are all different and some people handle stress better than others. If not handled well lead to many negative health problems and increased pain. Stress like – worry, frustration, working too many hours, relationship difficulties and money concerns. As they mount up and you can end up suffering more aches and pains.
Reflexology has been proven over the years to be a really good therapy for coping with stress.
The way you handle the stress has a huge bearing on the way you age and deteriorate. During times of stress, your stress hormone levels rise, prolonged higher levels of stress hormones circulating in our systems eventually have a negative affect on every part of your body.
Reflexology can help you sleep
Without enough good quality sleep the world can look a very different place. It becomes harder to cope with the pain and even the more simple things life become a problem. Relationships become difficult as nerves are frayed and everything seems just a little more irritating. The kids just get on your nerves more than ever, the boss seems to be more frustrating than usual, and worries become magnified.
Reflexology works on a deep level to bring about a real sense of peace and most people say they sleep so much better in between treatments. You will have more energy and cope with pain better.Sleeping well is so important for deep healing and regeneration, very important for arthritis.
Really, how our world looks so much better after a good nights sleep. How much easier it is to cope.
Reflexology will help.
Reflexology improves the circulation
This is really good for the many types of arthritis. Our circulation carries blood to just about every cell in the body. It carries oxygen and nutrients to nourish our cells and removes carbon-dioxide and debris a way for processing, by the liver and the kidneys. So anything that improves the circulation will improve our overall health. Our cells make up tissue of all types that form our arteries, heart, bones, liver, connective tissue, and skin and so much more. Our blood vessels contract and relax enabling the blood to reach all out posts of our body.
The stress, and tiredness that results from a disease like arthritis can all affect this flow as the blood vessels become constricted, hindering our blood flow. So improve circulation and we improve the function of every cell. Improve circulation and we improve everything from stamina to structure.
Wouldn’t we all like more energy? I have come across people in their 70s and 80s with plenty of energy and other in their 30s struggling to keep up. Feeling more energetic gives us a zest for life it makes all our daily tasks easier and certainly enables you to cope with pain better. This energy can be described as a “life-force” and pain can be very draining. I am sure you have met people who are just full of this so called ‘life force’.
The Orientals call this energy “chi” and this chi needs to flow unimpeded around the whole body. If this ‘chi’ or ‘life-force’ becomes blocked we could feel listless and maybe experience pain. Reflexology will open up the energy pathways, enabling a free flow of this energy throughout the body. This philosophy has been in existence for thousand of years and has certainly stood the test of time through the practice of acupuncture.
Reflexology encourages the systems of the body to detox more efficiently
Anything that gets a slow system moving with help with inflammation. Our lymphatic system is one of our major detoxifying organs. The lymphatic system is susceptible to becoming sluggish by the very nature of its design and from our modern life-styles. Our blood circulation has a pump, the heart to ensure delivery of blood efficiently around our body. The lymphatic system is very different it relies on muscle movement to move lymph around our body. This might be more difficult for you due to the fatigue, pain and stiffness you are experiencing. A sedentary life for what ever reason is not an ideal situation for our lymphatic system, couple that scenario with a poor diet.
The lymphatic system can quite easily get clogged up or extremely sluggish, which can lead to all sorts of health conditions, as well as more superficial problems like cellulite. When the lymphatic system becomes compromised, other organs of detoxification end up with more work to do than would otherwise be expected of them, this puts a lot of extra strain on them. Reflexology will help to move the lymph, encouraging it to be more efficient, helping to take the work load off the other organs of elimination – such as the liver, the kidneys, the lungs, the bowels and the skin. However reflexology will also help these organs, not just the lymphatic system to perform a better job.
Reflexology can also be used in a preventive way !
As the saying goes an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. We should take prevention more seriously and have regular treatments to keep us balanced. Whether you have arthritis or not you need balance in your life.