Reflexology for Stroke

Tuesday, 25 December 2007 | | |

Stroke is a major cause of disability and death in the UK, and this article describes the positive role that reflexology treatment can play in the recovery process.

­­Working a reflex point on the big toe

Qualified reflexologist Polly Hall gives a brief history and outline of the principles behind reflexology, as well as an overview of the causes and risk factors of stroke (also referred to as cerebral thrombosis/embolism) and the general aims of treatment.
The majority of strokes are caused by a blockage in one of the arteries carrying blood to the brain but can also be caused by a haemorrhage in the blood vessels in the brain. The aim of reflexology is to bring about a state of relaxation in which self-healing can more effectively take place and it focuses on balancing the whole person, so there are often secondary benefits to the treatment.
A detailed case study is presented of a 55-year-old man who had suffered an acute ischaemic stroke, his main post-stroke problem being muscular aches in his shoulders. He was also hoping that the treatment would reduce his stress, stabilize his blood pressure and alleviate his gut sensitivity.
The author describes the ways in which the stroke had affected her client physically, mentally emotionally and socially, illustrating how debilitating and frustrating the symptoms can be. An observation of his feet indicated a weakened immune system, and a there was a noticeable lump on his left big toe which is the reflex area relating to the brain.
Vast improvements were achieved with the treatment in terms of the whole gamut of symptoms he was experiencing. He also made certain lifestyle and dietary changes to support the treatment and maximize the benefits. He continues to have monthly treatments to maintain homeostasis and assist relaxation.
The article is supported by comprehensive references to research studies and includes a useful bibliography. Suggestions are also made for further clinical research.

by Polly Hall, BA (Hons), MAR


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