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Reflexology and Multiple Sclerosis

Posted Feb 03 2010 12:00am
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I have had reflexology treatments in various settings and have always felt relaxed and refreshed for some time afterwards, which is always a great benefit, especially if you have multiple sclerosis. I have never asked the reflexologist to address a specific multiple sclerosis symptom, so I can’t report on that. I should warn that when I have had more severe tingling and numbness in my feet from the MS, the foot massages that I received during pedicures (or from my husband) felt a little strange and vaguely unpleasant, but that might just be me. If you want to try reflexology and are experiencing these types of sensory symptoms, mention them to the therapist and he or she may be able to adjust their techniques to make the experience better.

Reflexology is ideal if you want to try a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approach that is safe with very few side effects and enjoy a nice, long foot massage. It has also been shown to have a positive influence on certain MS symptoms (see "How Effective is it for MS?" below).

What is it?

Reflexology is a therapeutic technique from traditional Chinese medicine in which pressure is applied to the feet (and sometimes hands) without using oils or creams.

How is it Supposed to Work?

Reflexology is based on the theory that all of the body’s organs, glands and systems have corresponding points on the feet and hands, and that stimulating these points can increase circulation of blood and energy to improve the function of the body and increase health.
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