At times, we may try certain types of therapy for our fibromyalgia symptoms and realize that they are not working as well as they could be. We need more relief because our symptoms get worse, or we just need to find relief because nothing is really working.
That being said, it’s important to recognize that there are alternatives to traditional therapy that can help relieve our symptomsand increase our quality of life. One of those types of therapy is known as reflexology, and that’s what we’re going to take a small peek at here.
What Does Reflexology Entail?
Reflexology is a type of therapy that is actually related to massage, but it’s not only massage. It basically focuses on the hands and the feet. What happens it that a reflexologist will look at your hands or your feet, and they have a map (either in their head, or they actually have ones on paper as well).
Reflexology basically states that your hands and feet are connected to the rest of your body. If you hit certain pressure points or massage them, you can make an impact on certain internal organs so that can be cleansed of toxins and so that you don’t end up having other problems going on inside.
It does sound a little odd, but basically, the pressure that is placed on those points is the pressure and massage that you would do if you were able to actually touch the organs that are being affected by the illness or the pain that is going on.
Instead of thinking of reflexology as being akin to massage (even though the pressure is applied with the fingers of the reflexologist in a massage-like fashion), you want to actually look at it like it is related to acupuncture and other forms of therapy that focus on pressure points. A session usually lasts a half hour or so; but, you may be a bit sore after you’ve gone through a session, so give yourself some wiggle room in there.
What is the Relationship Between Reflexology and Fibromyalgia?
So, now, of course, you want to know why reflexology would be used for fibromyalgia. There are a few big reasons, actually – let’s take a look here.
As you likely know, irritable bowel syndrome (usually referred to as just IBS) is a syndrome that affects many people with fibro, mainly because everything in their body is already sensitive, so it’s not surprising that the bowels do too. By putting pressure on the specific areas of the foot and/or hand, the bowels get the pressure that they need and the IBS subsides. A person will need continued treatment in order to make sure that it subsides.
Sleep is a huge problem for many people, and it’s because of hormones and because of anxiety and stress. Those are affected by certain areas of the brain which, of course, cannot be massaged either. In reflexology, they will go to a certain area of your foot or hand that coincides with the limbic system, and then you will start to get the relief that you’re looking for.