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MS Patients Can Benefit from Reflexology

June 22, 2016

Reflexology is a traditional Chinese medicine therapeutic technique which applies pressure to the feet and sometimes hands without the use of creams or oils. The practice is based on the theory that all of the body’s glands, organs and systems have corresponding points on the hands and feet that simulate an increase of blood circulation and energy which improve the overall function of the body.

Reflexology may have some benefits in helping multiple sclerosis patients as it results in deep relaxation, stress reduction and a sense of well-being. Small studies have been done on the use of reflexology alleviating symptoms of MS. Significant improvement in sensory symptoms, urinary symptoms and spacisity had been shown through an 11 week study where 53 MS patients participated in 45-minute weekly sessions. Their sensory symptoms remained substantial even after three months of the final reflexology treatment.

When beginning reflexology, make sure to communicate to the reflexologist that you have MS. Different techniques, strokes and pressures will be applied to different areas of your feet that correspond with the parts of your body and problems you have reported to the reflexologist.

Additional benefits of the technique include tension reduction and a way to combat stress, it can also improve blood circulation and help reduce toxins and impurities throughout the body. It wouldn’t hurt to give reflexology a try, as there are many reflexology places located all around the country, just make sure to find a reputable location that is right for your situation.