Reflexology is a girls best friend

Author Valrie Blair
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011
Reflexology is a girls best friend
I remember reading about a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology (December 1993), written by Judy Krizmanic, that described how women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) experienced relief after undergoing reflexology (a therapy in which manual pressure is applied to certain points on the feet, hands and ears that correspond with other locations in the body).

In the two-month study, in which thirty-five women participated, half of the women received true reflexology therapy. A  reflexologist applied pressure to points corresponding with the ovary, uterus, pituitary gland and other locations associated with PMS discomfort. The other half of the women received a placebo therapy, in which uneven pressure was applied to points on the feet, hands and ears. Women in both groups thought they were receiving true reflexology therapy.

When researchers evaluated the women’s response to treatment, they found that 15 of the 18 women in the true therapy group showed at least a 30 percent decrease in PMS symptoms, while only 4 of the 17 women in the placebo group showed improvement.

Terry Oleson, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Medicine at the California Gradate Institute in Los Angeles describes their findings...

“A significant difference between true reflexology and placebo reflexology treatments was shown for both physical symptoms, such as headaches, backaches, nausea, insomnia and menstrual cramps, and for psychological symptoms, such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, confusion and difficulty concentrating”.

It has been some 18 years since that study. The women that participated in it will now be entering the surge of the 25 million women that undergo menopausal changes each year. The World Health Organization expects that by the year 2030 the world population of post-menopausal women will increase to 1.2 billion if the growth rate continues. At that time, 47 million new women will be entering menopause each year.

I know of 35 women that are glad to know that reflexology therapy relieves their PMS and also does wonders for “hot flashes” as well as other symptoms that they now experience as “menopause”.

October is World Menopause Month and October 18th is World Menopause Day!

- Valrie Blair

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