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Benefits of Reflexology in Treating Fibromyalgia

Apr 18, 2008
Your body hurts all over, you are always tired. Your doctor can't find anything wrong with you. Does this sound familiar to you? If it does then you may have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a biochemical disorder that produces general pain and fatigue.

The pain can occur anywhere in the body, and is not usually confined to just one muscle group. The pain is often continuous and sometimes worse if you sit still or lie down. Too often it disrupts sleep patterns causing the pain to worsen. It is a vicious cycle.

Moreover, anti-inflammatory medications do not help and analgesics do not do enough good in the scheme of things. Repetitive motions such as washing dishes or other household chores can cause increasing pain in those muscles. Unfortunately, this often results in patients being bed ridden and unable to function in their daily lives.

The pain associated with fibromyalgia is supposedly a combination of nerve and muscle dysfunction. People with the disease also have suppressed immune systems. One common virus, the virus associated with the flu, is due to the release of chemicals called cytokines in the body. This is one that patients often have to deal with.

So, what can you do to help yourself? Reflexology has shown promising results for managing fibromyalgia and many others common diseases. Reflexology is the practice of strategically applying pressure to areas of the feet and hands as they correspond with specific body organs. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, we can stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxin buildup in the corresponding organs and systems of the body. And it is not only limited to the feet and hands, although they are the most widely used areas. Reflexology can also be used on the face and the ears as well.

It is beneficial as a tool for relaxation and stress relief, but it is also an effective tool for improving circulation, relieving pain, and as an immune and nervous system stimulator. In fact, many people with illnesses such as allergies; chronic sinus problems; acid reflux; migraines; PMS; menopause; insomnia; fertility problems and even arthritis have been helped tremendously by reflexology treatments.

In one study, ten patients with fibromyalgia had reflexology treatments for five weeks. All showed marked improvement from the treatment. Many continue to get the treatments today because it was successful at relieving their pain and giving them energy.

Detoxification is also very beneficial for fibromyalgia patients. If you are looking for an easy and affordable treatment, try the herbal foot detox patches. They are very effective. By simply applying them to your feet at night before bed, you will help detoxify all of your organs at the same time.

Not only are well-known healing oils and tree extracts used in these patches, but also there are no side effects, making them a very popular choice. It is recommended that you not only learn the reflexology techniques, but you use them on a regular basis. Use it as a first line of defense and use it in conjunction with what your doctor prescribes.
About the Author
Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Reflexology.
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