Reflexology can be an option to indulge yourself in the midst of your busy life. Unlike massage or regular massage, reflexology focuses more on points in the body, especially on the feet and hands. The points of the body are directly connected to the nerves of the organs, so that when massaged will affect organ function.
Some say reflexology has many health benefits. However, others say that doing this massage has risks. Then what are the benefits and risks of doing this massage?
Benefits of reflexology for health
Although not too many, there are several studies that show that reflexology is good and has benefits for the body. Here are the benefits:
1. Reducing anxiety levels
A study involving groups of women entering the premenopausal period (who have high levels of stress and depression) shows that reflexology can help disturbed psychological conditions. This was also evidenced in another study conducted in 2015. In this study patients who received reflexology before performing varicose vein surgery were reported to tend to have low anxiety and pain during surgery until treatment took place.
2. Helps cancer treatment
The points that are pressed when doing reflexology affect the work of organs or glands in the body. This has proven to be quite helpful for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Reflexology performed on cancer patients can increase appetite, prevent various digestive disorders, prevent fatigue and sleep disturbances, and maintain mood.
A study that provided reflexology to 87 cancer patients, showed a 100% increase in the quality of life of these patients. While other studies also mention that patients who do this massage tend to experience less pain and pain than those who do not.
3. Blood circulation
One of the points on the soles of the feet is directly related to the heart and blood vessels in the body, so when doing a reflexology will affect the function of the heart. Several studies have proven that reflection can improve heart health. This is due to the impact of the pressure received when reflexology is the same as the baroreceptor reflex that is generated by the body to control heart function.
4. Good for type 2 diabetes mellitus
A study conducted in 2014, examined the relationship between reflexology and symptoms and signs experienced by diabetics. From this study, it is known that diabetics whose reflexology routines have controlled blood sugar levels and experience fewer symptoms and complications.
5. Relieve headaches
A total of 220 patients who often experienced headaches were given reflection therapy for six months. Then within 3 months of therapy, 81% of patients admitted that the symptoms of headaches they often experienced were reduced and 19% of those who always took painkillers revealed that they had stopped using the drug.
Then, who can't reflexively massage?
Actually reflection therapy is very safe to do and there are no adverse effects on health. But there are certain conditions that make you not allowed to do a reflexology, namely:
- Foot injury. Of course when you experience injury, injury, gout, or inflammation in the legs, you should not do reflection therapy. Your therapy will only make your injury worse.
- Pregnancy. Reflection therapy is better avoided by women who are pregnant, especially when the pregnancy is still in the first trimester. The pressure received on the soles of the feet will stimulate contractions in pregnant women.
- Has a blood clotting problem . Reflexology therapy can improve circulation, which then has the potential to cause blood clots in the heart and brain area.
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