The cost-effectiveness and benefit to patients of complementary therapies is becoming appreciated by the Health Service, and the offer of complementary therapies including reflexology is increasingly common. Many hospitals now allow reflexologists onto wards, and some employ them directly.
More doctors are now referring patients to reflexologists and some are employing them within their practices. A large proportion of private health insurance companies may cover reflexology treatment on GP referral.
The use of reflexology before and after surgery seems to speed recovery and shorten the stay in hospital, which benefits the patient and also benefits the hospital, freeing beds more quickly and allowing potentially more patients to be treated.
However you come to approach a reflexologist it is necessary to be confident that the practitioner you choose has been well trained, is insured and is a member of a professional organisation.
The Association of Reflexologists is the largest independent body of reflexologists in the UK, all of whom must be insured and who work to a code of conduct and ethics. All members have been trained to high professional standards and schools accredited by the Association undertake to meet stringent criteria for their courses.
Reflexology may help:
– reduce stress and anxiety by inducing deep relaxation
– strengthen the immune system
– cleanse the body of toxins and impurities
– improve all circulations
– stimulate endorphin release to relieve pain
– promote improved functioning of all body systems
– speed recovery
Examples of common complaints that generally respond well are:
– Sleep disorders
– Skin problems
– Ear disorders
– Sinus problems, hay fever, breathing disorders
– Hormonal imbalances / fertility issues
– Back pains, neck pains, sciatica
– Development / learning difficulties
– Overdue birth
– Muscular and joint pain
– Stress related digestive disorders