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The Benefits of Reflexology and Complementary Therapy

Reflexology is a system of healing that utilizes the body's pressure points to restore health through the use of pressure. It's based on the theory,"Anywhere there is pressure, pain will happen". This is because the human body has pressure sensitive points that respond to stress. Many of these pressure points are located in areas of the body that are related to several ailments. A massage therapist applies these pressure points by using their hands, elbows or feet. The application of pressure causes the reflex points to become aroused which then causes the body to release natural chemicals that help alleviate pain.

The use of reflexology can help to relieve and prevent diseases and conditions that don't have any cure. Due to its non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive nature, reflexology has become quite popular and anecdotal evidence of real, positive result from reflexology treatments are found in many health publications. Some of the ailments that may be helped by reflexology include chronic headaches, asthma, fibromyalgia, arthritis, lower back pain, sinus infections, migraine headaches, toothaches, tension and nervousness. If you suffer from one of these or other disorders, then reflexology might be an effective treatment option. There are three major points that are employed in the practice of reflexology; the reflex points can be found around the hands, feet or ears.

Among the most important things to understand about reflexology, is that it is not a kind of alternative therapy. The American Reflexology Certification Board (AFB) offers a national certification test that's used as a benchmark by independent schools, colleges and universities. You don't need to take the test multiple times, but only show at least one of your reflex points. Once you qualify as a reflexologist, you can start to be given a wide assortment of complementary therapy options like acupuncture, herbal remedies, counselling, massages, hydrotherapy, homeopathic remedies and physical treatment. In this guide, I will discuss a few of the advantages and disadvantages of reflexology.

A reflexology class generally includes education in anatomy, human biology, medical ethics, pharmacology as well as basic anatomy. Additionally, it will have training in various massage treatments including acupressure, reflexology, and Pilates. Depending on the specific institute you attend, you may also learn how to administer detoxifying solutions in addition to therapeutic exercises. All institutes have their own individual policies pertaining to students, so it's important to be aware of these before enrolling.

As with any form of alternative health care, there are some inherent risks and benefits. For instance, Acupuncture has been proven to help decrease pain and improve the overall well-being of certain health conditions. However, a lot of people are uncomfortable with the insertion of needles into their bodies. Some people experience mild discomfort when they receive acupuncture treatment in addition to some significant side effects. Reflexology, while it might not cause a great deal of discomfort, does require that the receiver of the treatment place their feet or hands into electrically charged fields. This may cause some people to feel distress.

Another major benefit associated with reflexology and complementary therapy is the ability to deal with an assortment of ailments. While there is currently no proven cure for any health condition, the overwhelming bulk of ailments can be treated through the application of acupressure, reflexology, or scalp massage techniques. Furthermore, some states, such as Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis, can be treated by performing manual stimulation on the body. There are quite a few other conditions that may be treated with these techniques. The most important thing is that you are

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