Reflexology is a complementary health therapy applied to the feet. The feet each have 26 bones, 19 muscles and tendons, 33 joints and 107 ligaments. The body and a busy lifestyle can be hard on our trusty feet. As reflexology works on the feet, ankles and lower legs it can be a soothing and welcome therapy not just for your feet but your whole body. Foot pain and discomfort can be debilitating and prevent us from going about every day activities. It may also effect your posture over time and displace your centre of gravity which effects the spine.
On average we take between 3,000 and 10,000 steps every day. It’s no wonder that from time to time many of us experience foot pain, tightness or stiffness in the feet and legs.”
Reflexology can be used to help reduce various types of discomfort and pain in the feet. Symptoms may include pain, soreness, stiffness, tightness, burning, tingling or cramping in the feet. The various gentle reflexology techniques and massage pressure applied to the feet during treatments helps to increases the blood flow and circulation to the whole area. There are over 5000 nerve endings in the feet which are gently stimulated to relieve pain and promote relaxation. It can have a strong impact on the nervous system as a whole. Reflexology is popular with people involved in sports such as running and golfing as it helps the body to heal quicker after activity and can reduce pain from developing in the feet. Reflexology promotes the bodies natural healing abilities while the relaxation effect can have a strong impact on emotional and mental health. Reflexology and massage therapy are also beneficial for pain and tiredness in the legs and your therapist can focus on specific problem areas.
Some common causes of foot pain include:
- Ageing feet
- Illness and disease
- Long periods of time standing, walking and running
- Overuse of feet
- Poor circulation
- Poorly fitting footwear and high heels
- Restricted exercise and movement
- Repetitive strain
- Sporting injuries
- Tiredness and swelling
One single reflexology treatment or a course of reflexology treatments can help to reduce foot pain, promote relaxation and improve the overall feeling of the feet and lower legs. Orlagh Gahan is a registered Reflexologist & Complementary Health Therapist based in Naas, Co. Kildare. She provides Reflexology for health, pregnancy, fertility and foot pain.