Reflexology and Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive condition of the Central Nervous System in which scattered patches of myelin in the brain and spinal cord are destroyed. This causes symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling to paralysis and incontinence. Though the cause and the cure of the condition are both unknown, it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, but there is also evidence that it has genetic qualities.
People diagnosed with MS may show physical symptoms including stiff joints & muscle spasms or cramps, vertigo, loss of balance or memory, extreme fatigue, limb or head pain, co-ordination problems, numbness, poor circulation, and slowed thought process. Emotional symptoms of MS include guilt, remove, suffering or hurt, fear anxiety, irritability, stress and tension, grief, nervousness and paranoia. Usually clients present with four or five symptoms (not all of the above) from both the physical and or emotional areas as outlined above. This depends largely on the location and condition of the plaques throughout the body.
The Benefits of Reflexology
Reduces tension and helps with combating stress
Improves circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body
Promotes wellbeing and relaxation
Helps to reduce toxins and impurities from the body
Creates a space for the body to balance itself
Strengthens the immune system and energises the body
During a treatment, the primary system being focused on is the Central Nervous System, while the type of treatment should be nourishing, yet stimulating and relaxing, with particular attention to a variety of points which are specific to the nervous system and multiple sclerosis. On a physical level, by working the brain it helps to restore areas of degeneration and stimulate brain function while at the same time creating relaxation. Working the spine strengthens the lines of communication of the nervous system. Stimulating the eye reflex area reduces visual disturbances and enhances optimal functioning. The throat reflex area eases tension and improves communication. By working the liver it helps detoxify the body and mind, particularly beneficial if a client is on medication for their condition. The limbs help to improve sensitivity, mobility and co-ordination. The urinary system including the bladder helps to stimulate muscle sphincters and stimulate all nervous function of the body via the bladder channel. By working the kidneys they support the urinary system, but are also used as a helper area for the eyes and vision process. The adrenals as part of the endocrine system helpto reduce inflammation. The solar plexus and diaphragm are worked to ease tension and anxiety while the lungs deepen the breath of life. In addition to all of the above helper points, areas, and systems should include the endocrine system to support inner strength and understanding, the lymphatic system, to expel degenerated tissue, the circulatory system to improve circulation and oxygenate the blood, and by working all reflex points on both feet to rebuild the natural state of mind body and soul.
Stress is never far away with the many challenges that MS poses on life. Stress is the corner stone of any major illness today. Untreated stress can lead to insomnia, exhaustion, tightness of the chest, loss of concentration, incapacity to solve problems, disinterest and many others too numerous to mention. Adopting coping skills and strategies for stress become very necessary and a part of everyday life.Managing stress is the only thing you have control over.Just like MS itself acceptance is not linear and doesn’t take on a form as it too is multiple. Reflexology is the most effective antidote to alleviating stress.