In the last year people, who have rightly been critics of some of the views / claims expressed by reflexologists have also expressed an interest in perhaps understanding more of it.
Certainly the question has been put to me about diagnosing with reflexology and I clearly stated that such is not possible, however, certain "hot spots" might suggest potential areas of concerns and if these did not respond relatively quickly to reflexology treatment then certainly referral on is appropriate. The following may or may not be of interest.
17 year old girl with recurring abdominal pain and and quite marked mood swings. Awareness of her medical history revealed nothing of immediate alarm to prevent any reflex' being done. Of interest is that all the "hotspots" were very much located in areas that I have come to understand to be representative of the endocrine system, most particularly the pituitary and ovary reflex points being acutely sensitive to even the lightest touch whereas, just a few millimetres away, from those reflex areas all was very calm.
Post treatment, for the following week ,the person felt far less abdominal discomfort and calmer in themselves (I am well aware of placebo possibility). However, such was the sensitivity to touch in those very specific areas that advice was given as to seek a medical opinion. Duly sought, a diagnosis of polycystic ovaries was given and the pt will likely go on for further investigation and oral medication. Equally they will also receive reflexology in the meantime.
No diagnosis but awareness raised and of interest was that the hot spots seemed, again consistent with other experience, to indicate an area of physiological concern.
Last edited by Ian Linane : 1st January 2010 at 02:45 PM.
Reason: The word research seems to have been put in the title but was not intended by me.