REFLEXOLOGY AND I.B.S
You will probably noticed a holistic or complementary therapist every time you turn a corner these days, so undoubtedly you will have seen an advertisement for a reflexologist or even been for a treatment yourself. If you haven’t , you may know a few details about reflexology,i.e. that it is a kind of foot massage .Did you know though, that Reflexology is a very healing therapy which dates back thousands of years and it is quite often very effective in treating that 20th Century curse , Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
I.B.S. is thought to affect one in ten people in
It can occur at any age, but is most frequent and severe in women aged 20-50.
Symptoms include constipation, diarrhoea, wind, bloating, abdominal pain or any combination of the above .
I.B.S. is quite often brought on by stress, but can sometimes be diet – related.
Sufferers are advised to look at their diet, and given painkillers and anti – spasmodic drugs .
Reflexology can step in and help in the case of stress induced IBS, as it helps to calm and relax the muscles surrounding the abdomen, and the organs themselves. Regular reflexology can help to calm the system and reduce the severity of IBS attacks, hopefully meaning less nasty attacks of diarrhoea or constipation ,or pains in the abdomen .
I have also found excellent results in treating children with similar digestive problems i.e. chronic constipation and pains in the tummy.
Generally speaking children of any age respond very well to Reflexology, because their bodies aren’t so clogged up from years of pollutants, food, drink and other accumulated toxins which all hinder the healing process in adults. The only downside of treating children is that they don’t see reflexology as a treat the way that grown ups do !
If you are one of the many IBS sufferers I hope this article has given you
‘food for thought’ about Reflexology; however, please bear in mind that although reflexology is a very healing, balancing and lets not forget altogether gorgeous therapy, it is not a miracle cure, and the best course of action is to have regular reflexology treatments over a period of 6 to 12 months before you can look forward to just having it is a maintenance treatment every now and then.
Mrs Samantha Fisher IIHHT MDYTA