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The premise behind reflexology is that different regions of the feet correspond to different areas of the body. By manipulating the specific parts of the feet, the belief is that ailments in other parts of the body can be improved. This idea has been around for thousands of years in China and elsewhere, where reflexology has long been practiced.
When it comes to psoriatic arthritis, sometimes you have to hit it with everything you’ve got. Besides keeping up with traditional treatments, there are alternative methods that you may want to discuss with your doctor. One such treatment is reflexology.
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them creates real benefits for the person's health.
One perk of a beach-bound vacation is knowing that instead of snow soaking through your Choos or having your feet feeling toasty in sweaty Uggs, you can lounge happily with your toes dangling in the warm weather, shoe-free with the sand at your feet. But alas, the dream does come with its own set of tootsie troubles. "Even if you are just lying still on your back soaking up the rays, your feet are still vulnerable," says American Podiatric Medical Association member Jane Andersen, DPM.
Because reflexology is an ancient practice, its origin and history is difficult to track. However, reflexology is thought to have been passed down through an oral tradition, and possibly first recorded as a pictograph on the Egyptian tomb of Ankhamor in 2330 BC along with other medical procedures. Reflexology symbols are thought to be recorded on the feet of statues of Buddha in India and later China.
Reflexology may be beneficial in restoring balance and harmony in the body and releasing tension. Practitioners believe that it helps facilitate a deep state of relaxation, calm the emotions, and produce a serene mind. Research studies support many of these benefits.
One study showed that people with low back pain saw better results with reflexology than with massage of the lower back itself.
If you want to treat your back to some reflexology, focus the massage on the arches of your feet and follow these steps:
"Heels are getting higher and higher," says Hillary Brenner, DPM. "We podiatrists like to call it shoe-icide." Brenner, a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, says ultra-high heels can lead to everything from ankle sprains to chronic pain. Let's take a closer look at the heights, styles, and woes of today's footwear.