Header Ads

Reflexology Wellness: 7 Health Benefits of Foot Massage

Many people go to great lengths in their quest for good health, while ignoring a simple and fast daily practice that can work wonders for the body and mind. 

One surprising way to promote natural health and wellness across the life span is to take a few moments each day to perform a foot massage.

In the realm of reflexology, the key to virtually every body part lies in the sole of the foot (and additionally, the palm of the hand). 

By massaging your feet each night before bed, you can not only bring relief to a pair of sore feet after a long day, but bring wellness to your entire body by stimulating pressure points.

Here are a few ways that foot massage can be beneficial to your health.

Promotes mental health and wellness
A daily foot massage can help keep the psychological aspects of your health in balance.
Foot Massage 

A five-minute foot massage served to bring about relaxation to critical care patients, helping to reduce their stress levels and measurably reducing blood pressure and heart rate.4

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing showed that massage of the soft tissues of the hands or feet brought about emotional comfort when performed on a sample of people grieving the death of a loved one.

Further research conducted in 2013 by Australian researchers from Griffith University found that participants with a high-stress, demanding job felt reduced anxiety levels and improvement in mood following a 10-minute foot massage.6

Natural pain relief
Foot massage can also provide relief from pain, and not only pain in the feet.

Post-operative patients reported a greater reduction in their pain symptoms following a massage of the feet or hands than those who used pain medication alone.

Women given foot massage following C-section births reported reduced post-op pain as compared with the placebo group.11

Relief from cancer symptoms, chemotherapy side effects
Foot massage helped cancer patients find relief from not only pain, but nausea, in a 2000 study spearheaded by researchers from the University of Canberra and published in the Cancer Nursing journal.8

A sample of breast cancer patients undergoing treatment were studied by scientists from Michigan State University in 2012, and these women reported a dramatic reduction in physical symptoms associated with their cancer and treatment, such as less shortness of breath and improved energy levels.

Multiple sclerosis symptom relief
Cancer is not the only physical ailment to have its symptoms improved through a reflexology-based foot massage. 

A multi-campus team of Iranian researchers recently found that reflexology was able to provide relief from the crippling fatigue that so many people with multiple sclerosis suffer from.

Reduce High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High blood pressure is another common illness that science has shown to be improved by reflexology foot massage.

A study performed by Korean researchers from Pusan National University found that systolic blood pressure and blood triglyceride levels were both improved following a therapeutic massage.
Hypertensive patients receiving a massage protocol specifically targeted at reducing blood pressure (versus the placebo group) had symptom improvement that was significant enough that they were able to reduce dosages of their high blood pressure medications while undergoing the reflexology-based treatment.

Relief of PMS symptoms
Many women across the world suffer from intolerable PMS symptoms each month, including bloating, mood changes and cramping.

Women who underwent reflexology—including foot massage—reported reduced PMS symptoms as compared with the placebo group.

Swollen legs
The term edema refers to the retention of fluids in the body. Sometimes it can be normal to have a bit of swelling in your legs, for example, after a day spent standing or sitting, or during pregnancy.

However, leg and ankle swelling, also known as peripheral edema, can also signal that there is an underlying issue that might need some attention and treatment. 

Kidney disease, heart failure, liver disease and certain medications can all result in fluid retention. - Online Sources 

No comments

Powered by Blogger.