Reflexology and Arthritis
As a therapeutic practitioner practising self-care is an essential element of your work to ensure that you are able to fully care for and treat your clients.
Developing some grounding skills that work for you is essential. These are some of the self-care practices I use in my own work that I hope will inspire you to develop your own.
There are so many ways that reflexology can aid the body’s healing, decrease symptoms and heal and improve conditions. One significant condition that reflexology is shown to have an effective impact on is arthritis.
Reflexology can have a significant impact on arthritis symptoms in the following ways.
• Detoxification - Individuals coping with gout, pseudogout and certain other forms of arthritis are often encouraged to change their diets in order to improve their symptoms.
• Metabolic speed - Regular reflexology sessions can help to speed up the process of removing toxins from the body and will have a positive effect on metabolic rate.
• Improved circulation - Reflexology is an excellent way of improving the circulation of both blood and lymph, particularly in peripheral areas. Improving the circulation will help to remove toxins that are contributing to arthritic symptoms. This is particularly important for those suffering from gout or pseudogout, where waste products of metabolism have been deposited around specific joints. Getting rid of these waste products will significantly reduce the sign of gout.
• Improve the immune response - Some forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis in particular, are autoimmune conditions. They develop as a result of the body's immune system starting to attack other body tissues. Reflexology concentrates on balancing all body systems; that includes encouraging the immune response to respond normally.