Foot reflexology: myths and truths
Foot reflexology: stimulation at certain points of the feet
Massaging the feet to treat diseases? This is what the technique of foot reflexology proposes, based on the stimulation of certain points on the feet connected to other parts of the body. What myths and truths are known about this technique?
The truth of foot reflexology
Foot reflexology is a complement to traditional medicine that provides a series of benefits in the recovery of the body:
- Relaxing effect: The pressure and massage techniques on which it is based reduce stress and produce physical and mental relaxation.
- Reduces pain: According to a study by the University of Portsmouth, reflexology has analgesic effects that reduce pain by 40%. In fact, this therapeutic technique is used to relieve back pain, constipation, gastritis, or menstrual pain.
- Facilitates circulation: Body waste tends to accumulate on the feet, so stimulating this area facilitates its elimination, improves circulation, and favors the functioning of the organs of our body.
- Improves the immune system: Foot reflexology treatments, applied to the areas of the foot that reflect the lymphatic system, increase the production of antibodies and prevent the appearance of diseases.
Myths of reflexology
One of the most widespread false beliefs in foot reflexology is that it cures diseases. Reflexology techniques can complement medical treatments and improve the conditions of the body in recovery, but they are not a cure in and of themselves .
Although reflexology applied to the feet is the most popular, there are other areas of the body, such as the hands or ears, where reflex areas of the body can also be stimulated.
Alternative medicine is a good option to complement traditional medical treatments, but it can never become a substitute.