Monday, December 10, 2012

Reflexology and Foot Care for Diabetics

Reflexology is actually incredibly beneficial for both circulation and the nerves within the feet. And aside from all the other benefits that can be gained by regular reflexology for diabetics the benefits in reducing foot discomfort in my experience really are quite amazing.

Reflexology is great for the localised symptoms of poor circulation and neuropathy (a tingling, numbness, coldness, pain or loss of sensation due to nerve damage).

But reflexology can do more than that. By working on the feet to stimulate and balance the whole body, and by spending time on specific areas within the body though reflex points in the feet, reflexology can help to return the body back to a balanced state and encourage a general feeling of health and vitality.

By working on the pancreas reflex and generally the reflexes of the endocrine (hormonal) system reflexology can encourage the production of insulin by helping the cells that produce the insulin to work as efficiently as possible.

The liver reflex would be another key area to work on through reflexology, due to its processing functions being effected by an increase in blood sugar levels.

Reflexology is also great for symptom management; the areas worked on would vary depending on the individuals needs but examples would be the digestive system to reduce nausea and pain or the urinary system to help with the excessive urination.

Initially it is recommended to have regular treatments, once or twice a week. As general vitality and health improve the sessions can be spread out further until they would be once every month to 6 weeks as maintenance. Or until they are no longer required (such as in the case of gestational diabetes)

For my aftercare relaxing massage, I'm using Zim's Crack Creme, a specially formulated lotion for diabetics.

To book your reflexology appointment in Midland Ontario, contact Health Works Chiropractic and Wellness Centre705-526-6900

A daily foot care regimen can help will help keep your feet heatlhy:
Diabetes Association of Canada Foot Care Pamphlet

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