Reflexology For The Ages
I’ve practiced reflexology for well over a decade and, predominantly my clients are women who range in age from twenty-five to seventy-five. The reasons they have sought reflexology are myriad and I’ve seen quite a lot in terms of presenting physical, emotional and mental conditions. Everything from allergies to anxiety, diabetes to dementia, and much more.
Outside of the typical age range of my clients, I’ve also seen several adolescents and teens for reflexology.
Every now and again, a parent will request a reflexology treatment for a child because the child is sick or has digestive troubles, or they are in distress because of seasonal allergies or sinus issues. In my experience with children, I have observed that they are quite resilient and respond well to reflexology. As a general rule, reflexology and kids are a match made in “healing.”
Before Reflexology: Helplessness, Hope and Courage
In an article written by Candice White for The Chippewa Herald, White documents the courageous battle of a ten year-old girl, Isabella Craker, and the ongoing courage and efforts of her family, who discover Isabella has rheumatoid arthritis, how it affects their lives and the role reflexology plays in her treatment…
CANDICE WHITE / The Herald
Isabella Craker (front center with glasses) stands with
part of her 29-person-team Saturday morning before
the Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Eau Claire.
Among those joining here were her mom
Terri (right, brown coat) and dad Steve (back, blue coat).
“We didn’t know children could have arthritis until she was diagnosed with it,” said Isabella’s mother, Terri.
Isabella has rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect people of any age. This particular form of arthritis is activated when one’s body starts producing antibodies against its own connective tissue. It can lead to inflammation and swelling, primarily in the joints. It can also lead to a general feeling of being unwell and tiring easily. More females than males are afflicted with it.
Since Isabella was diagnosed in October of last year, she’s learned to manage it and has found herself now leading the mostly-normal life of a 10-year-old girl.
White goes on to describe the day-to-day life of the Craker family – and Isabella, in particular:
“When [Isabella’s] feeling well she’s a typical 10-year-old,” Terri said. “We live on a beef farm, so there’s always something to do around the farm that she enjoys.”
But there are sometimes days where Isabella feels worse and needs to pay attention to her body and slow down. Her family — mom, dad Steve and 14-year-old brother Parker, provide support on those days.
“On bad days it’s not such a fun thing to have when you’re a kid,” Terri said. “When she has aches and pains, she tells us and we limit what she does. She’ll do a lot more relaxing. We just kind of go with how she’s feeling.”
“It does keep me from doing things like running and jumping,” Isabella said. “And when my joints start to bother me I just stop.”
Reflexology Enters The Picture
White describes the medical approach the Crakers initially chose to pursue for their daughter and
their ultimate decision to completely change her treatment and include reflexology:
Initially, doctors injected steroids into her knee to bring down the swelling. Although it did reduce the swelling a little bit, it still wasn’t normal. Doctors then recommended a second round of the injection, or to take a daily medication. Because the family didn’t see big results with the steroid injection, they opted to reject both of those treatments.
“So many drugs’ side effects are just enormous, we didn’t really want to put her body through that if we could find a way around it,” Terri said.
And so it seems, they have found a way around it.
Since May, Isabella hasn’t taken any prescription drugs. She does, however, take fish oil, and two supplements (Rumaplex supports healthy joint tissue and Congaplex supports a healthy immune response). Every two weeks she visits a reflexologist to help with pain management.
“Reflexology has been the most productive thing so far,” Terri said. “We’ve noticed tremendous improvements. Her pain tolerance has been a lot better. It’s produced the most positive results of anything we’ve tried.”
Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. The reflexologist works on her feet and legs up to her knees.
“Reflexology helps a lot with the pain,” Isabella said. “I notice a difference.”
“It’s proven to be a great natural way of healing,” Terri said.“We’ve managed to get her arthritis under control without medicine, I would say.”
Reflexology Offers Healing For Everyone
How is it that reflexology can provide relief from, and mitigate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis? A profound mystery or a simple truth? There will be varying opinions and beliefs, but the bottom line is that a ten year old girl is experiencing a positive change in her life due to the integration of reflexology in her treatment plan for rheumatoid arthritis.
It is my intention to follow up with the family and provide updates, going forward.
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