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Reflexology's Take On Arthritis

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Come winter, those with arthritic and rheumatic pain will tell you how much more in pain and discomfort they are during this festive season. Luckily, reflexology offers much by way of offering comfort through massage with essential oils. Besides massaging the relevant reflexes corresponding to the organs in imbalance, touch provides its healing as well. Here is what a patient with arthritis can use to do get some pain relief:

• Option A:
Carrier oil - 2 ounces of safflower oil

Top note oil – 2 drops of eucalyptus oil
Middle note oil – 2 drops of marjoram oil (caution--do not use during pregnancy; also causes drowsiness)
Base note oil – 2 drops of benzoin oil (also known as Friar’s Balsam)

• Option B:
Carrier oil - 2 ounces of safflower oil
Top note oil – 2 drops of caraway oil
Middle note oil – 2 drops of chamomile oil
Base note oil - 2 drops of benzoin oil

If you have the option of seeking a solution from a certified aromatherapist or a licensed holistic health therapist, you should choose it over attempting tackling pain at home. Let us take a look at how reflexology manages arthritis in patients. Chiefly, arthritis is addressed by pressing at the areas that pertain to reflexes of digestion and the endocrine systems besides the area affected with pain.

PHASE 1 - Foot relaxation:

1. The therapist holds the patient’s left foot using both the hands. The therapist’s fingers are on top of the patient’s foot and the thumb at the base/ balls of the patient’s foot.
2. Then the foot is "loosened" with a back and forth movement--the big toe is gently brought forward and the little toes are gently pushed backward simultaneously.
3. This is followed by toe rotation for each toe of the left foot--clockwise and then anti-clockwise rotations.
4. Then, foot wringing technique is added--first gently and then with moderate intensity.
5. Lastly, for relaxation, an ankle rotation technique is executed, where the therapist holds the patient’s foot at the base of the big toe with the left hand and the ankle is held with the right using it as a pivot to rotate the foot gently in a 360 degree circle.

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EmpowHER Guest

I think arthritis is something which is some people think that it is not curable. But reflexology can cure a lot of without any side effects to it. http://www.guruofreflexology.com/brief-reflexology/what-is-reflexology/
I think reflexology can be helpful if used in a perfect way. Now to go through it we have to make it simple and easy to understand.

April 7, 2012 - 1:11am
EmpowHER Guest

Arthritis is always a very chronic disease. People do like to take medicines for it which are expensive and sometimes have a lot of side effects on body. But what people do not know is that reflexology is also a natural way of curing the problems related to the body. It is a natural way of curing problems without any side effects on the body. http://www.guruofreflexology.com/
One should check out this page where a lot of information is provided about reflexology and its techniques, methods along with charts, maps.

January 13, 2012 - 6:32pm
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