Reflexology has long been viewed by many Americans and medical professionals as little more than a foot massage. Recent scientific studies show that chronic pain, digestive disorders and other common health problems can be relieved through the use of reflexology. Reflexology is deeply relaxing and helps reduce the effects of stress on body and emotions. There are many health benefits reported which include reduction and elimination of pain, improved circulation, strengthening the body’s immune system, and detoxification.
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Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) affects approximately 2-4% of the population, predominantly women, according to the American College of Rheumatology. This makes it the second most common musculoskeletal system ailment with osteoarthritis taking first place.
To this day fibromyalgia is an often misunderstood and even unrecognized disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness which tends to come and go and move about the body. This common and chronic condition typically is associated with fatigue and sleep disturbances. While there has not yet been found a cure for fibromyalgia, reflexology and other complementary therapies have proven to be effective for addressing a variety of fibromyalgia symptoms.
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When our feet ache we feel it all over our body. This can easily cause us to slow down in our daily activities which can further slow down the various systems within the body, such as circulatory, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems.
Reflexology can help to minimize this cycle of slow down.
Reflexology is a non-invasive natural health science based on the concept of reflex maps on the feet, hands, and outer ears which correspond to every part, organ, and gland in the body. When health imbalances occur in our body, blockages of different chemical types accumulate in the corresponding reflexes located in the feet, hands, and ears. By gently breaking down these blockages, the corresponding part of the body is also likely to experience some form of relief. Balance and health often return to the affected areas.
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