therapist performing reflexology treatment on a patient’s foot

When you were diagnosed with cancer, you knew you would fight it with everything you have! But you didn’t realize how exhausting, stressful, and sometimes painful treatment would be. Like most battles with chronic conditions, it takes a toll on you physically and emotionally. Fortunately, reflexology can help your body release some of the stress and help you feel significantly better overall.

But what exactly is reflexology? How can it help you in this kind of situation? How is it performed? These are all valid questions that are answered in the content below, so keep reading!

What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology is based on the concept that the feet and hands contain energy pathways connected to other areas of the body. By taking advantage of these pathways, you can achieve deeper relaxation and encourage the body to let go of stress, work as intended, and increase a sense of well-being.

Studies have found that reflexology can help people experiencing stressful and painful medical issues, including the following:

  • Pain during labor.
  • Pain and emotional distress from cancer.
  • Arthritis pain.
  • Multiple sclerosis discomfort.

How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexology treatment involves applying gentle pressure to certain areas of the foot, which correspond to various organs, muscles, and systems throughout the body. By identifying a specific pressure point, the person performing the treatment can target a particular area and help it relax, relieve stress overall, and help that area function as it naturally should. In other words, reflexology helps the target area achieve homeostasis.

Keep in mind that reflexology is not a form of massage, although hands are used to perform this therapy. It is more like acupuncture or acupressure, accessing external points that connect with internal organs and muscles.

What Are the Benefits of Reflexology?

Especially if you struggle with chronic issues or a long-term condition, reflexology can be beneficial. These situations usually come with considerable stress, which negatively impacts your body’s ability to function and often makes an already challenging condition worse. Receiving reflexology treatment can improve your well-being and promote healthier function, helping you better manage your condition or life’s struggles in a more stress-free way.

One of the other benefits of reflexology is that sessions are usually between 30 and 60 minutes and can have almost immediate results, creating a more relaxed feeling quickly.

Now that you have a basic understanding of what reflexology is and how it could help you, you can take advantage of this treatment, overcome the stress of cancer or another issue, and lead a happier, healthier life.

About the Author

At AlignRight Chiropractic, Dr. Zinovy Chukhman, or Dr. Z, utilizes cutting-edge technology and techniques to help patients with various issues, including chronic and acute pain, spinal misalignment, and more. He now offers reflexology treatment in addition to chiropractic care for patients in need. If you are interested in learning more about reflexology, you are encouraged to contact our Richardson practice online or call 972-907-2800 to make an appointment.

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