Orthopaedic Reflexology

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What is Orthopaedic Reflexology?

Orthopaedic Reflexology is based on the teachings of Hippocrates and Galens guides on the effect of “rubbing” – Anatripsis. Hippocrates, the most famous physician of the ancient Greek times (460-377 BC), was the first to release medicine from any kind of religious superstition and to establish it as a science. Hippocrates describes the four main ‘Veins’ that are considered the forefather of the Chinese Meridians. Orthopaedic Reflexology uses this knowledge to understand the modern concepts of pain and the ‘science’ behind the pain, which in turn affects and helps treat disorders of the Myoskeletal system and the internal organs.

Working with the four muscle layers, connective tissue, plantar fascia and retinaculum, the location of the bones of the feet and the route of the tendons and peripheral nerves entering the feet, it is possible to assist with many local foot problems such as:

  • Hallux Valgus – Common name for Bunions – is a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe
  • Hammer Toes – an abnormal bend in its middle joint, making the toe bend downward to look like a hammer.
  • Morton’s neuroma – pain in the ball of the foot
  • Sciatica -is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine

Bunions -(Hallux Valgus),
This is a bump that forms at the joint of the base of the big toe. The big toe is pushed against the second toe, forcing the joint of the big toe to grow and stick out as a bony bump, fondly knows as ‘The Bunion’. The skin covering the bunion may be red and sore. Smaller bunions can form on the joint of the little toe.
Some causes of the bunions can be attributed to

  • Wearing tight, narrow shoes
  • An inherited structural defect,
  • A medical condition, such as arthritis.

With Orthopaedic Reflexology we can work to release the pressure caused by the pulled and tightened ligaments.

Hammer toes and Mallet toes
Hammer toes and mallet toes present as an abnormal bend in the joints of one or more of your toes. It is difficult and painful to move the affected toe. This condition encourages corns and calluses to form mainly from the rubbing against the inside of your shoes.

With Orthopaedic Reflexology we can work to release the tension caused by the ligaments that have contracted and are pulling the toe upwards.

Plantar Fasciitis – (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) .
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and you feel it with your first steps in the morning. As you move around, the pain normally decreases but may return after long periods of standing.

Plantar fasciitis is most common amongst runners, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support.
With Orthopedic Reflexology, the aim will be to relieve the pain and inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of your foot connecting the heel bone to your toes.

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot, which in turn affect and help treat disorders found in other parts of the body such as the hips, neck and shoulder area.

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb.

High-heeled shoes have been linked to the development of Morton’s neuroma. Many people experience relief by switching to lower heeled shoes with wider toe boxes.

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