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  • Writer's pictureGaby Rockett

What is pain and why do patients experience it?

Pain is not a disease. Physiologically pain is the passing of sensory information along the nerves as a result of damage to parts of the body. The intensity of pain can vary and, the duration of pain can be acute lasting for a short period of time or, chronic which is ongoing for more than six months. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia experience chronic pain due to chronic inflammation in the body

Pain is the body’s way of alerting us of an imbalance in some part or parts of the body. Taking pain killers does not cure the problem, it deadens the nerve centres giving temporary relief​ from the sensory symptom.

Reflexology has been used for health benefits for thousands of years and a therapeutic reflexology treatment given on the feet can stimulate the estimated 7000 nerve endings which in turn can interrupt or change the way the patient experiences pain.

Reflexology induces a deep state of relaxation allowing the body's natural healing abilities to kick in. Reflexology also improves blood supply and nerve impulses throughout the body, it also facilitates the body in achieving homeostasis (internal balance) which is very much needed for the achievement and maintenance of good health.

It isn't uncommon for patients to experience fatigue and the need to sleep after a treatment. I always recommend patients listen to their body and sleep if they feel tired as this is what the body needs, to do the much-needed healing. What affects one body system has a knock-on effect on other body systems, nothing works in isolation.

​At the first reflexology appointment a detailed consultation is important, the symptoms the patient presents with and the diagnosed conditions provide a good basis of where the imbalances are in the body. ​During a reflexology treatment it is common to find painful reflexes on the feet which the patient isn’t even aware of, this is an indication of imbalance in that ​part of the body​​ and more often than not, the presenting conditions can be confirmed in the painful reflexes and meridians. ​​Asking the right questions and adopting a holistic approach to patient management is a must in identifying the correct treatment plan for each patient.

Prevention is better than cure. Call today for an appointment.

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