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    Refelxology

    What Is Reflexology?

    In reflexology, certain zones of the feet and sometimes the hand are stimulated by a practitioner. These zones relate to specific organs and parts of the body. Just by feeling the zones, reflexologists can detect problems in other parts of the body. By using finger pressure on specific points, healing is stimulated in affected organs.

    Treatment is usually relaxing. If you feel pain, it indicates there may be a problem.

    Reflexology and Multiple Sclerosis

    Reflexology is particularly helpful in bladder and bowel problems, but can also improve motor and sensory symptoms. It can also help with eye problems, balance, and lymphatic drainage.

    Research

    In a clinical trial, 71 MS patients were studied. Half received the active reflexology treatment for 11 weeks. The treatment included manual pressure on specific points in the feet and massage of the calf area. The control group received non-specific massage of the calf. Both groups were tested for numbness, bladder problems, muscle strength, and spasticity. The results showed a significant improvement in the group given reflexology.

    This information is from The A to Z Guide to Alternative Therapies edited by Judy Graham.

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