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Reflexology is an alternative treatment based on the applying pressure on specific areas on the feet, hands and ears. All these pressure points are believed to be correlated with internal body functions and organs. Applying pressure on these pressure points encourages a proper energy flow throughout the body and facilitates self-healing.

It was originally developed by the ancient Egyptians hundreds of years ago. Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American physician laid the first stone of this alternative therapy in the early years of the last century. According to him, there were different zones on the foot that managed different body zones. Hence, it was also known as zone therapy. Afterward, Dr. Joe Shelby Riley included more zones on the hands and ears to the previously creates zones. Later in the 1930s, Eunice Ingham who was a nurse and physiotherapist narrowed down the zones (as created by Dr. Fitzgerald) to reflex points. The name “reflexology” was given by her.

A reflexologist doesn’t require any license or even formal training. Generally, they get the training as a part of their massage therapy training. Nevertheless, the American Reflexology Certification Board certifies the professional reflexologists’ proficiency, who willingly prefer to maintain the national standards of reflexology. Contact a reflexology organization for a trained and experienced therapist. Also, ask him if he has indemnity insurance in case anything goes wrong.

In the initial consultation, the reflexology practitioner would converse and take the medical history from your doctor. Then he would apply gentle pressure and recognize the responsive areas. As he examines, you can experience a tingly feeling in some other parts of your body.

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Why Choose Reflexology?

Expected Cost For Reflexology

Mesothelioma patients include this therapy to their treatment regimen as it alleviates the symptoms, stress, anxiety, and pain caused by the disease. Reflexology is even useful for managing the side effects of the chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is also believed that it can boost the immunity system, reduce a migraine, numbness, indigestion, and sickness. It is very popular among people with cancer, even though there is hardly any scientific evidence to attest it.

Most of the cancer centers and healthcare facilities offer reflexology treatments for free of cost. Do inquire if it is available where you are getting treated. Even if they don’t offer it, they can still guide you to one. There are voluntary organizations who offer this therapy along with many other alternative therapies for reduced or no cost at all. However, if you consult a reflexologist privately then it could be $30 to $65 for an hour’s session.

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Benefits of Reflexology

Although it seems to be safe with no adverse side effects. But one with pacemaker, diabetes, thyroid, epilepsy, gout, swelling or blood clotting problems must consult with his doctor before enrolling for reflexology. Even with cancer, it is recommended to speak to the doctor in case there is any area to be avoided. It mostly helps the patient to feel relaxed, but some may experience tenderness (on the foot), emotional or need to go to the bathroom frequently for some time. It is not a substitute for the conventional cancer treatment, but together with it can produce positive results.

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