Answers To Some Questions People Commonly

Q. 1. How is Reflexology different from Acupressure?

Ans. In Foot Reflexology, the trigger points for various organs are thought to be located on the soles of the feet. In Acupressure, the trigger points are thought to be located on fourteen meridians on the body. In other words, in Reflexology, points to be stimulated are limited only to soles whereas in Acupressure, points to be stimulated are scattered all over the body.

Therefore, Reflexology is much simpler than Acupressure.

Q. 2. Some reflexologists (or acupressurists) resort to manipulations (pulls and pushes) on the back, neck, legs or arms. Are these parts of Reflexology ?

Ans. Osteopaths, chiropractors and sometimes orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists resort to manipulative treatment. However it has nothing to do with Reflexology or Acupressure.

Such pulls and pushes can be quite dangerous, and may turn out to be harmful, if received from an unqualified and/or inexperienced practitioner, especially if employed on the spine. Unless he is also an osteopath or a chiropractor, a reflexologist is not qualified to give manipulative treatment. So, do not mistake pulls, pushes and jerks for Reflexology.

Q. 3. While receiving Reflex Zone Therapy, should previous medicines be discontinued?

Ans. Some reflexologists do persuade their patients to give up medicines. However, Reflex Zone Therapy and medicinal therapy are not opposed to each other. Reflexology can be used in conjunction with medicines. We will say that neither start nor discontinue medicines unless instructed to do so by your physician.

Q. 4. Some doctors say that benefits of Reflexology are due to suggestion or faith. What do you say ?

Ans. It is difficult to believe that suggestion or faith can produce such analgesia as would allow the Reflexologist to introduce pins in the treated person's body without causing any pain whatsoever.

Again, Reflexology benefits even children, insane persons and unconscious persons who are not amenable to suggestions.

Medical doctors who write off Reflexology saying its effects are merely results of suggestion should ponder over Dr. William Osier's words : "The history of medicine is the history of placebo!"

Q. 5. Is Reflexology safe even for babies, pregnant women and diabetics?

Ans. The most prominent effect of Reflex Zone Therapy is a restoration of equilibrium inside the body. There is no reason to believe that Reflexology will prove detrimental to the health of a baby, a pregnant woman or a diabetic. On the contrary, it has been seen that Reflexology (a) assists in normalizing or stimulating the growth of a child, (b) prevents or diminishes common problems of pregnancy (tike nausea, vomiting, swelling on feet, high blood pressure, disorders of mood, etc.) and makes delivery easier and (c) helps a diabetic to keep blood sugar level under complete control.

Q. 6. Can Reflexology cause a heart attack ?

Ans. The allegation that Reflexology may precipitate a heart attack is baseless. We will again reiterate that Reflex Zone Therapy works to normalize the functioning of internal organs and systems of the body. The cause of a heart attack is an obstruction of a blood vessel supplying the heart. A heart attack may be precipitated 'in spite' of receiving Reflex Zone Therapy but certainly not 'because' of it.

Q. 7. If Reflex Zones are present all over the body, why work only on the soles or palms ?

Ans. Reflex zones are, indeed, present on the entire body. However, soles or palms are preferred for treatment because (a) they are quite thin (flattened) and, therefore, easy to work upon and (b) nerve-endings can be easily pressed against the underlying bones. Again, not many persons (especially women) will like the idea of other body-parts being worked upon.

Q. 8. Is Reflexology a sure method of diagnosis ?

Ans. Presence (or absence) of pain at a particular spot on foot cannot be taken as an unfailing indication of presence (or absence) of disease in the corresponding organ. The symptoms of the patient, the clinical findings of the doctor and reports of investigations have to be co-related with the pain at a spot on a foot before diagnosis can be arrived at.

We will say that a reflexologist should not take upon himself the responsibility of diagnosing a disease. He should leave that job to a doctor.

Q. 9. If Reflexology is so effective, why is it not popular enough ?

Ans. Reflexology is, indeed, a very simple and effective therapy. However, a lot of time needs to be devoted to stimulate various trigger points on the two feet. And time is one thing neither the people nor the doctors have. Moreover, Reflexology is considered just too much work. People have become easy-going. They find it easier to go by the apparently easy route : Let the doctor fix me up.

Finally, doctors have shown little interest in Reflexology. Even in medical profession, prejudice dies hard. Doctors, by and large, prefer to continue believing in their time-honoured methods rather than trying out something they have not learnt in a medical school.

Q. 10. Why don't all patients receiving Reflex Zone Therapy respond equally well ?

Ans. Almost every person who receives Reflex Zone Therapy can benefit from it, but not all recover completely. Disregarding advice, some will continue to eat the wrong foods, drink the wrong beverages, refuse to give up tobacco, alcohol or narcotics and refuse to do away with that frown on their foreheads.

Again, if a patient's disease has progressed to an extent where irreversible pathological changes have taken place in his organs, he cannot be cured. Even if a disease is curable, not all persons suffering from that disease can be cured.

Q. 11. Many reflexologists advocate the use only of bare hands for treatment and strongly advise against using jimmies, rollers, rubber-bands, combs or clothes-pins. What do you say?

Ans. While treating a patient with hands (thumbs and fingers) is desirable, there should be no objection to an occasional use of gadgets enlisted above. Remember that the discoverer of Reflexology, Dr. Fitzgerald whole-heartedly, recommended such gadgets. Then, why should his disciples discourage them ?

Does a person with weak thumbs, arthritic fingers, inflexible ankles or fragile health, and desirous of treating himself, have any alternative but to resort to simple gadgets ?

The campaign against gadgets is the result of some reflexologists' tendency to prevent people from shouldering the responsibility of treatment themselves. Indeed, such reflexologists have described complicated techniques and grip sequences to persuade people to believe that the treatment is quite complex and, therefore, beyond the reach of laymen. We say that the need of today is to demystify medicine.

Q. 12. Should a person receiving Reflex Zone Therapy follow certain rules about diet and exercise ?

Ans. Reflex Zone Therapy does not allow a person to take liberties with his diet, or to lead a sedentary life.

Indeed, a well-balanced diet and regular exercise are indispensable for maintaining or regaining health.

Dietary restrictions/modifications are inevitable for the persons suffering from such disorders like colds, cough, constipation, piles, high B.P., diabetes, liver ailments, kidney ailments, heart ailments and obesity. A diabetic who continues to eat sweets cannot hope to improve with Reflex Zone Therapy.

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