Reflexology is an alternative medicine that involves applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. Unlike most massage therapies, no oil or lotion is used.s without the use of oil or lotion. It's based on reflex points on the feet and hands that correspond to all of the body's organs, glands, and parts. Like acupuncture, it's considered a pseudoscience. There is no convincing evidence that reflexology is effective for any medical condition.
The reflexology treatments of today are based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence in ancient drawings of some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. in many tombs in ancient Egypt; this is also depicted. Also, North American Indians have practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.
The true origin of this powerful therapy is hard to pinpoint, but it is sufficient to say that it has been around for centuries and has helped thousands of people, as has acupuncture.
The numerous benefits of reflexology include its ability to stimulate nerve function, boost circulation, increase energy, induce a deep state of total relaxation, eliminate toxins, stimulate the central nervous system, prevent headaches and migraines, and treat urinary tract conditions. Reflexology can also speed up recovery after an injury or surgery; it can help with sleep disorders and relieves the effects of depression and pain.
Many people who use wheelchairs suffer from foot pain as well. A daily stroll allows people to stretch the Achilles tendon that runs up the back of the leg. If you are sitting in a wheelchair all day, it can cause the Achilles tendon to shorten, which places the foot in a constant state of extension. Wheelchair users can develop plantar flexion, a condition where the Achilles tendon shortens because you are always sitting. An extended foot massage can help relieve some of this pain.
Like all massage therapies, the benefit of human touch is paramount, and this alone can help someone feel better.