Reflexology Can Reduce Pain, Anxiety and Other Symptoms

University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network offers reflexology treatment methods to help patients suffering from a variety of illnesses and conditions. Reflexology is said to promote relaxation and wellness of mind and body, and when used in conjunction with traditional medical treatment, can help alleviate pain and other symptoms.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands and ears. The term “reflex” refers to the fact that these points are responsive to stimulus.

Reflexologists believe that these reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that applying pressure to these points has a beneficial effect on the organs and overall health. Reflexologists also believe that nerve pathways exist throughout the body. When any of these pathways is blocked, the body experiences discomfort or illness. Reflexology revives energy flow and brings the body back into homeostasis – a state of balance.

Reflexology is growing increasingly popular across Europe and Asia as both a complement to other treatments and as a preventive measure. One example is Denmark, where various municipalities and companies have employed reflexologists since the early 1990s.

According to several studies in Denmark, this practice has resulted in reduced sick leave and absenteeism (and significant economic savings for the employers). Employees have consistently reported complete or partial improvement in conditions where they sought reflexologists’ help and even relief for additional problems related to stress. In one municipal district, almost one-third of the employees reported greater satisfaction with their jobs after completing six sessions with a reflexologist.

Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology is beneficial for restoring balance and harmony in the body and releasing tension. Many people describe a profound sense of relaxation and increased energy following a session, and it can also help calm the emotions and produce a serene mind.

Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS and sinusitis.

In addition, specific studies have shown that reflexology can reduce pain and anxiety, decrease premenstrual symptoms, and reduce fatigue and insomnia.

Reflexology at University Hospitals

Reflexology appointments are offered at UH Connor Integrative Health Network at Building 25 E, 25001 Emery Road, Suite 100 in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.

To schedule an appointment for reflexology, call 216-285-4070.