The number one tell-tale sign of years starting to pile up is arthritis and joint pain. It is a constant reminder, especially in the mornings, of just how many times we have threaded a needle or ran a mile. Things that were once easy and painless are now activities we avoid at all costs because of the pain! But there is hope, symptoms can be manages and your quality of life can be improved tremendously through reflexology.
There is quite a bit of information on the subject of reflexology and arthritis, pain and stiffness, so erring on the side of caution (we never want you to get bored), we will discuss the benefits of reflexology this week, and the actual practices next week. We have to keep you coming back for more!
Reflexology can be useful for arthritis in these capacities:
- Pain relief – The existing research into the effectiveness of reflexology in treating arthritis has concentrated on its ability to reduce pain or the need for pain medications (always a plus in our book). Regular treatments have been shown to reduce pain and, in some cases, help to alleviate the depression long term sufferers can experience.
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. That is because toxins cause inflammation in the body and inflammation, in turn, causes pain. Regular reflexology sessions can help to speed up the process of removing toxins from the body and will have a positive effect on your metabolic rate.
Improve sleep – Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons why people struggle with sleep. If you could get more and better sleep, your body has more time to repair, regenerate and reduce inflammation.
Improve circulation – Reflexology is an excellent way of improving the circulation of both blood and lymph. 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 symptoms of gout.
Reduce stress levels - Living with the discomfort of arthritis is going to generate a certain amount of stress in your life. Long-term stress can leave you feeling exhausted, debilitated and prone to developing other symptoms of ill-health – as well as making your arthritic symptoms worse. Regular treatments can help to keep stress at manageable levels and to keep you in optimum health.
- 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 system to respond normally.
Want to know ways you can supplement at home in between sessions? Check back on Monday for all the details! Be well!