This is my second blog in the collection of ‘Reflexology and your body’ blogs that I’m currently doing.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and can exist in many different forms. There are many different types of Arthritis but the two I’m going to focus on in this blog are Osteoarthritis (OA) which affects the cartilage in the joint (generally but not always due to wear and tear) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) which is a autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation in many joints at once. There is no known cause of RA.
All sufferers tend to have sore muscles and joints around the affected area but can also suffer from secondary back pain, fatigue, stress related problems as well as sleeping problems.
A general Reflexology treatment to start off with, will benefit the persons whole skeletal and muscular system and then the Reflexologist will focus on the reflexes of the particular area on the foot and the person is safe in the knowledge that there sore joint isn’t been touched 🙂
For OA,the Reflexologist will pay particular attention to the reflexes of the diseased joints and areas affected by the pain and the inflammation. Eg the hip, the knee, the shoulder. For a lower body joint, they will also work on the spine and the pelvic muscles and for upper body the neck and the upper spine reflexes.
For RA, the Reflexologist will work on the affected area also and the nervous system ( the brain and the spine) and lymphatic system to help with a lowered immune system.
In all treatments I would also work on the endocrine system (hormonal system) as this will help balance the body and unblock any negative energies and stresses in the body.
As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help you determine the best treatment for you and your Arthritis but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen to the body.