Sunday, August 16, 2009
In a study conducted by several Australian hospitals reflexology was found to be effective for helping pregnant women to reduce foot edema, as well as to help cope with levels of stress, tension, anxiety, pain, tiredness, irritability and discomfort associated with pregnancy.
Several studies conducted in Denmark have shown reflexology can play a beneficial role in the relief of primary inertia during labor. The Danish studies have found it is useful in assisting deliveries, reducing the use of drugs to stimulate uterine contractions, and reducing the frequency of analgesics.
Yes, reflexology is safe for pregnant women throughout the entire term!
Reflexology may help with sleeplessness, mood swings, bloating and cravings that come with PMS. PMS affects approximately 85% of women and 5-10% suffer severe PMS. In a 1993 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, participants that received reflexology reported a 46% decrease in symptoms. (Ask us about the US Dept of Health and Human Services pdf form to help you track PMS symptoms.)
A study in China on women with frequent urination problems showed Reflexology was effective in reducing frequency. (Many men with prostate problems also report Reflexology provides relief from frequent urination issues.
Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects one in ten American women of childbearing age. PCOS can cause infertility, weight gain and acne. Women who have it may be higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. In a study completed by the Danish Association of Reflexologists and an ongoing study at Derriford Hospital in the UK, reflexology has been showing promise in alleviating the problem.
If you or someone you know has any of these conditions, we’d recommend trying reflexology!
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