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Παρασκευή, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Σεμινάριο “Ορθοπεδικής Ρεφλεξολογίας” A’ επίπεδο, 6 – 7 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Κε.Δι.ΒΙ.Μ 1 ΚΕΠΑΝΣΗ – ΣΠΥΡΟΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΑΚΟΥΛΑΣ : Σεμινάριο “Ορθοπεδικής Ρεφλεξολογίας” A’ επίπεδο, 6 – 7 Φεβρουαρίου 2015
Με χαρά ανακοινώνουμε τη συνέχεια της συνεργασίας μας με τον κύριο Σπύρο Δημητράκουλα. Συγκεκριμένα, στις 6 και 7 Φεβρουαρίου του 2015, θα πραγματοποιηθεί το σεμινάριο για το Α΄ επίπεδο «ΟΡΘΟΠΕΔΙΚΗΣ ΡΕΦΛΕΞΟΛΟΓΙΑΣ». Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες οι ενδιαφερόμενοι μπορούν να επικοινωνούν με τη γραμματεία της σχολής , τηλ. 2810285982, 2810 263833 μετά τις 7 Ιανουαρίου 2015. Καλές γιορτές σε όλους!



Μύηση στην “Ορθοπεδική Ρεφλεξολογία”.
A’ επίπεδο

 

Όπως γνωρίζουμε όσοι ασχολούμαστε με την Ρεφλεξολογία, η σύγχρονη ιστορία της ξεκίνησε από τον Δρ. Φιτζέραλντ και την δια χειρών θεραπεύτρια Γιουνίς Ίνγκαμ. Σήμερα παρατηρούμε ότι υπάρχουν πολλές μέθοδοι Ρεφλεξολογίας προερχόμενες από όλα τα σημεία του πλανήτη. Εύλογα ο κάθε αναγνώστης θα αναρωτηθεί “Υπάρχει άραγε Ελληνική Ρεφλεξολογική μέθοδος?” Η απάντηση σε αυτό το ερώτημα είναι ΝΑΙ! και ονομάζεται Όρθο-πεδική Ρεφλεξολογία (ΟΡ).

 

Μάλιστα, μέσα από την Αρχαία Ελληνική Γραμματεία

που μας κληροδότησαν οι πρόγονοι μας, προκύπτει ότι και οι αρχαίοι Έλληνες εξασκούσανε στα άκρα “ανατρίψεις” για πολύ συγκεκριμένους ανακλαστικούς λόγους.
Η συγκεκριμένη  γνώση καταγράφεται  και ερευνάται, και ένας από τους στόχος μας είναι να αποκατασταθεί η ιστορία της Ρεφλεξολογίας. Επιπρόσθετα να αναβιώσει θεωρητικά και πρακτικά η προσέγγιση των αρχαίων Ελλήνων σε ότι αφορά την “ανάτριψη” δημιουργώντας εκπαιδευμένους Ρεφλεξολόγους, που θα φέρουν τον διακριτό τίτλο “Ορθοπεδικός Ρεφλεξολόγος”.
Η διδασκομένη ύλη πλαισιώνεται θεωρητικά από απάνθισμα της καταγεγραμμένης γνώσης που μας παρέδωσαν οι Ιπποκράτης, Γαληνός,  Φιλόστρατος, Κέλσος, Πλούταρχος κ.α.

Τα θέματα που θα αναπτυχθούν είναι:


·         Η ανατομία του άκρου πόδα, ενδογενής μύες, οστά, νεύρα, σύνδεσμοι, τένοντες, σύνδεσμοι. Αναμφίβολα το αντικείμενο είναι πολύπλοκο, ωστόσο θα αποδοθεί με απλό, γρήγορο και ευχάριστο τρόπο.
·         Διάρκεια και ένταση πίεσης – τα διαφορετικά αποτελέσματα που επιφέρουν οι εννέα συνδυασμοί που μας παρέδωσαν οι Ιπποκράτης και Γαληνός.
·         Οι τέσσερις μεσημβρινοί του Ιπποκράτη και η σχέση τους με τα άκρα μας. Θα πραγματοποιηθεί σύγκριση με τους Κινέζικους μεσημβρινούς, το Νευρικό σύστημα, τις ζώνες του Δρ. Φιτζέραλντ και τις μύο-περιτοναϊκές αλυσίδες.
·         Τα τέσσερα είδη των “τρίψεων”, (σύμφωνα με ένα από τα τέσσερα μέσα που μπορούν να χρησιμοποιηθούν, ένα π.χ. είναι το ελαιόλαδο) και οι προτεινόμενες συνθήκες εφαρμογής τους.
·         Παρατήρηση και αξιολόγηση της κατάστασης του πελάτη. Δημιουργώντας την καλύτερη δυνατή αιτιολογημένη πλέον θεραπευτική προσέγγιση.
·         Αποκατάσταση της ιστορίας της Ρεφλεξολογίας, τα ανακριβή στοιχεία και οι συνέπειες τους. (Τεκμηριωμένα στοιχεία με παραπομπές)
·         Θεωρία Πύρ – Ύδωρ αντί αυτής του Yin/Yang
·         Η φιλοσοφία και η ηθική που εξέφραζε ο Ιπποκράτης.

Επεξήγηση του όρου: “Ορθοπεδικός Ρεφλεξολόγος”.
Ορθοπαιδική ή Ορθοπεδική, είναι κλάδος της Ιατρικής που ασχολείται με τις παθήσεις του κινητικού συστήματος και τα κατάγματα. ΔΕΝ υπάρχει καμία πρόθεση δημιουργίας εντυπώσεων σύγκλισης προς την συγκεκριμένη ιατρική ειδικότητα. Στην προσπάθεια μας να βρούμε ένα χρηστικό και πρακτικό όρο με αρχαίες ελληνικές ρίζες καταλήξαμε στο “Ορθοπεδική Ρεφλεξολογία” επειδή:
·         Παρατηρήσαμε ότι στα ιατρικά συνέδρια, αλλά και στα διάφορα συγγράμματα και περιοδικά στην Ελλάδα, και στο εξωτερικό να χρησιμοποιείται αποκλειστικά το αρχικό όνομα “Oρθοπαιδική - Orthopaedic” του Nicolas Andry. 1741 (και στο λεξικό Ν. Ελ. Γλ. 2002 του Μπαμπινιώτη).
·         Πεδάω = δένω ισχυρά, έχει την ίδια προέλευση με το πους (=πόδι) δηλ., τις ινδοευρωπαϊκές ρίζες ped και pod.
·         “Ορθοποδώ”, συμπληρωματικά, μέσω της Ορθοπεδικής Ρεφλεξολογίας.
·         Η όρθωση του ατόμου θα γίνει με πέδες, δηλαδή με δεσμά, επιδέσμους. Τα χέρια του Ρεφλεξολόγου λειτουργούν ως πέδες στην συγκεκριμένη περίπτωση.
·         Ο τρόπος που εφαρμόζουμε τους χειρισμούς μας, υπακούοντας στους κανόνες που πρώτος κατέγραψε ο Ιπποκράτης, θα περιδέσουμε τα ανακλαστικά του πόδα ώστε να ορθοποδήσει το άτομο.

ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑ ΠΑΡΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΗΣΗΣ:
Το σεμινάριο απευθύνεται σε απόφοιτους Ρεφλεξολογίας και εν δυνάμει σπουδαστές της Ρεφλεξολογίας αλλά, και επαγγελματίες – σπουδαστές όλων των ειδικοτήτων δια χειρών θεραπείας. Η ολοκλήρωση και των δύο επιπέδων του σεμιναρίου δεν επαρκούν για να γραφτεί κανείς μέλος των σωματείων ρεφλεξολογίας Σ.Ε.Ρ. και/ή Π.Ε.Σ.Ρ.

Η ημερομηνία του 2ου επιπέδου θα ανακοινωθεί σύντομα.

Θα δοθούν πιστοποιητικό παρακολούθησης, σημειώσεις και πολύτιμα αρχεία σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή. Όπως και εκπαιδευτικό power point.


Πέμπτη, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Ομιλία: ΡΕΛΕΞΟΛΟΓΙΑ, Αυτά που γνωρίζω κι εκείνα που πιστεύω.

Για τους συναδέλφους στην Κρήτη 
Με μεγάλη χαρά και ενθουσιασμό έχω αποδεχτεί την πρόσκληση του Ι.Ι.Ε.Κ. MORFI να σας επισκεφτώ την Κυριακή 7 Δεκεμβρίου και να μιλήσω για την αγαπημένη μας μέθοδο, την Ρεφλεξολογία.
Κατά την διάρκεια της ομιλίας μου σκοπεύω:

- Να κάνω μία σύντομη αναδρομή στην πραγματική ιστορία της Ρεφλεξολογίας, την εξέλιξη της έως σήμερα (ενσωμάτωση της στην ιατρική, νομοθεσία, έρευνες, εκπαίδευση) στην Ελλάδα και σε όλο τον κόσμο, και να μοιραστώ μαζί σας, την πρόταση μου, για το εφικτό, ωφέλιμο (για τους επαγγελματίες και αποδέκτες της υπηρεσίας μας) μέλλον.
Οι πληροφορίες αυτής της ενότητας προκύπτουν από την πολυετή προσωπική ενασχόληση μου με τα δρώμενα γύρω από την Ρεφλεξολογία αλλά και της γνώσεις και εμπειρίες που έχω αποκομίσει ως μέλος του Δ.Σ. του Σωματείου Ελλήνων Ρεφλεξολόγων και ως ο τρέχων Πρόεδρος του RiEN.
- Θα μοιραστώ μαζί σας εμπνευσμένες νέες προσεγγίσεις τις μεθόδου μας τις οποίες αποκόμισα από το παγκόσμιο συνέδριο του ICR, στο οποίο ήμουν ομιλητής, αλλά και το πρόσφατο Ευρωπαϊκό συνέδριο του RiEN που πραγματοποιήθηκε στην Μαδέρα της Πορτογαλίας. Π.χ. Νεύρο Ρεφλεξολογία, Ορθοπεδική Ρεφλεξολογία, η σπονδυλική στήλη στην κνήμη, ήχοι και δονήσεις κατά την εφαρμογή της μεθόδου, έρευνες κ.α.
- Θα σας παρουσιάσω αποσπάσματα της μελλοντικής ομιλίας μου για το παγκόσμιο συνέδριο του ICR που θα πραγματοποιηθεί το 2015 στην Αγγλία. “Αφήστε στην άκρη τους ρεφλεξολογικούς χάρτες και την ενέργεια για λίγο, ας κοιτάξουμε λίγο την ανατομία των ποδιών και την φυσιολογία πίσω από αυτό που κάνουμε.”
- Εργαστήριο πρακτικής εξάσκησης

Θα χαρώ πολύ κατά την πρώτη μου επίσκεψη στο Ηράκλειο να γνωριστούμε και να ανταλλάξουμε απόψεις.
Με εκτίμηση,
Σπύρος Δημητράκουλας
Πρόεδρος του Δικτύου Ρεφλεξολογίας στην Ευρώπη (RiEN)
Εκπαιδευτής Ρεφλεξολογίας του Natural Health Science

Τρίτη, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Unfortunately Reflexology "only" got a C in breast cancer patients with quality of life and physical functioning outcomes!

Μία επισκόπηση ερευνών η οποία πραγματοποιήθηκε με το κίνητρο να δημιουργηθούν κλινικές οδηγίες για την χρήση ΣΕΘ από τους ασθενείς καρκίνου του μαστού, βαθμολόγησε την Ρεφλεξολογία με C στον τομέα βελτίωση της ποιότητας ζωής.
Τα αποτελέσματα δεν είναι καθόλου ενθαρρυντικά, είτε για εμάς, είτε για τον κόσμο των ερευνών.
Πως είναι δυνατόν τα καθημερινά θετικά αποτελέσματα της μεθόδου μας, η οποία απολαμβάνει καθημερινά όλο και μεγαλύτερη αποδοχή, να μην επαναλαμβάνονται στις κλινικές δοκιμές.
Που θα βρεθούν και άλλα εκατομμύρια για να γίνουν έρευνες, ποιος θα τις κάνει - αξιολογήσει? Το υπάρχον σύστημα "έρευνας" έχει αποτύχει.
Τελικά, τι είδους έρευνες θα πρέπει να κάνουμε, μήπως έρευνες των οποίων τα αποτελέσματα θα διαφωτίσουν τους επαγγελματίες?

Going through the supplementary data I was very disapointed to read in all cases that there is insufficient evidence, except for one case!
We got a C grade and the recommendation that "Reflexology can be considered for improving quality of life among breast cancer patients.
Once again, after so much effort and enthusiasm, after all the money spent, with so many difficulties in raising more needed money to conduct even more research, with the existing problems current research is being conducted and published, I question if we are on the right track.
How can it be that Reflexology is being utilized more and more by the public, but research does not reproduce the everyday Reflexologists results?
And what kind of research should we be involved in, maybe research that will enlighten Reflexologists themselves.
Oh well I guess it could have been worse.

Experts say more than 80 percent of breast cancer survivors in the United States rely on some form of complementary or integrative therapies such as vitamins, acupuncture, meditation, massage, and yoga.
Despite their widespread use, there has been little rigorous research to see if these practices are helpful or harmful.
To address this void, Dr. Heather Greenlee, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, developed a new set of clinical practice guidelines on the use of integrative therapies.
She presented her guidelines at a recent meeting of the Society for Integrative Oncology.
Greenlee and her colleagues reviewed nearly 5,000 articles published between 1990 and 2013. From this, researchers reviewed 203 separate randomized control trials of the various interventions.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/11/06/alternative-therapy-guidelines-issued-for-breast-cancer-survivors/77032.html

The new guidelines come from the Society for Integrative Oncology, researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center with colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Michigan, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and other institutions in the United States and Canada. More than 80 different therapies were analyzed by the researchers.
Meditation, yoga, and relaxation with imagery were found to have the strongest evidence supporting their use. They received an "A" grade and are recommended for routine use for anxiety and other mood disorders common to breast cancer patients. The same practices received a "B" grade for reducing stress, depression, and fatigue, but are also endorsed for most patients with breast cancer.
Acupuncture received a "B" grade for controlling chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and can be recommended to most patients. More than 30 interventions, including some natural products and acupuncture for other conditions, had weaker evidence of benefit due to either small study sizes or conflicting study results, and received a "C" grade.
These results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monograph (2014; doi:10.1093/jncimonographs/lgu041) and were presented at the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology in Houston, Texas.
A number of interventions did not have sufficient evidence to support specific recommendations. "This does not mean that they don't work, this means that we don't yet know if they work, in what form, or what dose is the most effective. The vast majority of therapies require further investigation through well-designed controlled clinical trials," said Greenlee.
http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com/the-society-for-integrative-oncology-sio-and-co-researchers-issue-a-report-card-on-complementary-therapies-for-breast-cancer/article/383467/

Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Integrative Therapies as Supportive Care in Patients Treated for Breast Cancer

http://jncimonographs.oxfordjournals.org/content/suppl/2014/09/22/lgu041.DC1


Κυριακή, 16 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Take the Sting Out of Alternative Medicine Costs

Spotty insurance coverage means you'll often be stuck with the bill. Here's what you need to know
about the costs and benefits of four common natural-healing strategies.

A visit to a chiropractor, acupuncturist, or other nontraditional healer has become increasingly commonplace; more than a third of Americans use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, according to the National Institutes of Health. But even though a growing number of studies suggest that these treatments can be beneficial for many patients, insurers are still reluctant to cover all types of alternative medicine, often leaving you on the hook for the costs.

You may consider that money well spent, especially if you suffer from chronic pain. “Combined with traditional medicine, alternative therapies are important treatment tools,” says Dr. Marc Brodsky, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn. These common approaches have research to back up their effectiveness. Still, they don’t work in every case. The key is figuring out when shouldering the cost pays and when it doesn’t.

The power of reflexology on children with special needs

I would like to share with you my reflexology therapy approach. My name is Lorraine Senior; I am a teacher with over twenty years’ experience and a qualified reflexologist. I would say that it is my extensive background of working with children with autism, ASD, neurological impairment, learning difficulties and complex health needs and their family’s combined with my experience as a qualified Reflexologist that helped me to create a simple but effective approach drawn from original reflexology theory and practice.
The approach uses non-invasive, safe and simple relaxation techniques involving the hand and foot delivered in a repetitive flowing routine that support the idea of Reflexology. The aim of the therapy is to induce relaxation, improve mood, relieve tension, and encourage social interaction, increase receptiveness and support individual well being. Providing reflexology therapy on a regular basis using FRT Approach has been seen to alleviate the stress and tension particularly in the moment and observation, reflection and evaluation by therapist and staff is ongoing with its continued and increasing use and development in school.
http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/the-power-of-reflexology-on-children-with-special-needs/

Reflexology Path Official Opening in Launceston, Tasmania

Enjoy these great photos of the official opening of The Reflexology Path in Launceston Tasmania. 

The Path was opened on the 24th Of October 2014 by Mayor Albert Van Zetten. 
Ivan Dean was Master of Ceremonies. Pamela Skeggs spoke about the benefits of reflexology for improved health and wellbeing. Gaye Webb and Eunice Campbell provided professional reflexology treatments to The Mayor of Launceston and to Councilor Robin McKendrick.

Photos supplied to us by Michele Bailey
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.735597926495046.1073741832.106263356095176&type=1





The 10 Stuff-Ups We All Make When Interpreting Research

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/10-stuff-ups-we-all-make-when-interpreting-research

Understanding Research

https://theconversation.com/au/topics/understanding-research

Ιαματικός τουρισμός στην Ελλάδα?

Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a teetotal vegetarian who practices yoga daily, has said he wants the world to make Ayurveda "a way of life" -- and in doing so expand India's share of the growing global market for holistic medicine.
Earlier this month he appointed India's first minister for Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy -- known as the AAYUSH ministry -- and has also called for an international yoga day.
"Call it whatever -— Ayurvedic medicines or herbal medicines or traditional medicines –- the global market is estimated at about $100 billion today," former health minister Harsh Vardhan told a recent conference on Ayurveda in New Delhi.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/443640/india-seeks-to-cash-in-on-global-demand-for-ancient-remedies

Σάββατο, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Alternative therapies associated with reduction in cancer-related pain and anxiety, Allina researchers find

Προσθήκη λεζάντας
For reducing pain, therapeutic body massage, reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture were most effective. For reducing anxiety, no significant difference was found among the therapies.
The data also revealed that women and younger patients were most likely to receive the therapies, and that body massage was the one most commonly chosen.
“These findings are really important as we start moving into a patient-centered realm of how medical care is provided,” said Dusek. “We’re trying to do the best for patients clinically with all the best that Western medicine can provide, but the psychosocial and emotional parts of the patients are also important.”
“We’re thrilled that these are low-toxic, low-risk and relatively low-cost solutions to managing pain and anxiety in an acute care setting, which is very challenging,” he added.
The alternative therapies used in the study included bodywork (head massage, body massage and reflexology), mind-body and energy therapies (meditation and guided imagery) and traditional Chinese medicine (acupressure, acupuncture and Korean hand therapy). These services were offered at no charge to the patients, as they are to all hospitalized cancer patients at Abbott, said Dusek.
http://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2014/11/alternative-therapies-associated-reduction-cancer-related-pain-and-anxiety-al

Watch: large male lion loves a foot massage

There is nothing weird about Justin Fernandes giving his best friend Taariq a foot massage, except for the fact that his best friend is a fully grown male lion


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2820581/Animal-keeper-South-Africa-filmed-giving-lion-sweet-utterly-shocking-paw-massage.html


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/11224665/Watch-large-male-lion-loves-a-foot-massage.html

Παρασκευή, 14 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Did you know that reflexology treatments are covered by all major health insurance companies?

Did you know that reflexology treatments are covered by all major health insurance companies...

so you can claim back some of the costs? Thankfully our health insurance providers are recognising the important role that holistic therapies play in looking after your health. 
If you are you a member of Aviva, Laya Healthcare, GloHealth or VHI, you can claim back some of the costs of your reflexology treatments with me. 
For example some plans allow;
Aviva & VHI
Between €25 and €40 back on reflexology for between 7 & 12 visits.
GloHealth
€25 back per visit for reflexology treatments on some plans.
Laya Healthcare
50% off costs of a combination of up to 12 reflexology treatments.
So, if it’s reflexology for fertility, during pregnancy or a soothing treatment for your overall wellbeing you are after - why not make it more affordable?!
All you have to do is check your health insurance policy to see if this is covered in your plan.

India PM Modi appoints Yoga minister

Imagine a Reflexology minister....
http://www.euronews.com/2014/11/10/india-pm-modi-appoints-yoga-minister/
Narendra Modi, India’s PM since the victory of his BJP party last May, has appointed a ‘Minister of Yoga’ after a large government reshuffle on Sunday.
Modi, a strict vegetarian who practices yoga daily, hopes to revive the ancient tradition, according to news agency AFP.
Last September, the conservative Hindu leader asked the UN General Assembly to consider a World Yoga Day. The practice “allows to discover the sense of unity between oneself, the world and nature,” Modi told the UN. While in the US, he also lauded the merits of yoga to Barack Obama.
A result of the government revamp, the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), formerly a prerogative of the Health ministry, in now an independent ministry. Former Tourism minister Shripad Yesso Naik in now in charge with promoting traditional Indian medicines and practices.
Modi beefed up his right-wing government on Sunday by appointing 21 new ministers, the AFP reports, with the aim of speeding up reforms to revive the faltering economy.
He added four new ministers to his cabinet, and 17 junior ministers for a 66-member strong government including Modi himself.

Τετάρτη, 29 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Άνοια και Ρεφλέξολογία

http://www.positivehealth.com/article/reflexology/how-reflexology-can-support-those-living-with-dementia

There are a growing number of research studies and trials in relation to reflexology and the following paper by Nancy A Hodgson RN PhD CS Efficacy of Reflexology as a Palliative Treatment in Nursing Home residents with Dementia: Pilot Study July 2006[2] suggests that reflexology “may be an effective treatment for older adults with dementia, appearing to relieve pain and improve psychological well-being”.
Hodgson’s results showed that the following analysis of variance for repeated measures demonstrated a significantly greater decrease in symptoms of pain, depression and physiologic measures of stress for the residents given reflexology treatment than for those in the control group. The conclusion was that “these clinical findings support the use of reflexology in nursing home residents with mild/moderate dementia.”

Complementary, alternative therapy use common among pediatric cardiology patients

Researchers developed and distributed a survey to pediatric cardiology patients and their parents or guardians who were seen at Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton (n=145) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa (n=31). The goal was to assess the current or prior use of complementary and alternative medicine and practices. Evaluated factors included indications for use, beliefs, sources of information and whether use of such treatments or practices was discussed with physicians.
Overall, 59.1% of respondents reporting the use of complementary and/or alternative medicine at any point in the child’s life. Significantly more participants treated at Stollery Children’s Hospital reported the use of complementary/alternative therapies compared with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (64.1% vs. 35.5%; P=.003).
The most commonly used products were multivitamins (70.6%), unspecified cold remedies (11.8%), and supplements of vitamin C (22.1%), calcium (13.2%) and fish oil/omega-3 fatty acids (11.8%). The complementary and/or alternative practices and procedures most frequently reported included massage (37.5%), faith healing (25%), chiropractic (20%), aromatherapy (15%) and Aboriginal healing (7.5%).

http://www.healio.com/cardiology/pediatric-cardiology/news/online/%7Bbe98298c-ed1b-469c-ab35-24480b832caa%7D/complementary-alternative-therapy-use-common-among-pediatric-cardiology-patients

Ινομυαλγία και Ρεφλεξολογία - 7 Ways to Use Reflexology for Fibromyalgia

http://fibromyalgia.ehoow.org/?p=21

Method 5 of 7: Morning Stiffness

Fibromyalgia patients often experience morning stiffness that is associated with enhanced muscle soreness.
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    Push your thumb deep into the arch area of each foot to relieve back stiffness. Repeat at least 5 times on each foot.

Lymphoedema and Reflexology Research Project

The results of the Tenovus funded research into lymphoedema and the reflexology are currently being finalised. On 9th September a meeting was held with all those who took part, as well as representatives from Tenovus. The research team and the reflexology practitioners (Philip Harris, Judith Whatley, Rachael Street, Sally Kay, Virginia Harding and Elaine Allison) presented the preliminary results, and thanked the participants for their involvement, and Tenovus for their support.

An overview of the project and the main results is given below. The members of Tenovus indicated that they were keen to build on the success of this pilot project and develop further research in the area.

The Project

The project was a pilot study to explore the use of a particular technique of reflexology called Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) for people with swelling of the arm (lymphoedema) as a result of surgery for breast cancer. Twenty six women who had undergone breast and armpit surgery and had consequently experienced swelling in one arm were recruited to three sites in South Wales (5 in Tredegar, 6 in Bridgend and 15 in Cardiff).

For two weeks, they had the volumes of both their arms measured without receiving reflexology treatment, this formed a baseline measure. This was followed by four weekly sessions of RLD, where their arms were measured before and after each of these reflexology sessions. In the final session of the study, their arms were measured again without RLD. Each participant was also asked to complete a short validated questionnaire, at the start and the end of the study ont their main concerns and their wellbeing. In the last session, the participants were interviewed about their experiences and were asked how taking part in the study had impacted on them. 

Outcomes of the Project

The Swelling Reduced
When the volumes of the participants’ normal arms were compared with their swollen arms, the data showed that all 26 participants (100%) who took part in the study had reductions in the swelling of their swollen arm. Those with the largest amount of swelling in the affected arm tended to lose most fluid.

The statistical tests used showed that the difference in the volume of the participants’ swollen arms after the reflexology treatments was considerable: the average difference between the volumes of the swollen and normal arms at the start of the study was 349 ml, at the end of the study the average difference was 223 ml, a reduction of 126 ml (about 36%).

The Treatment was Helpful
The information from the questionnaires showed that the participants identified two main concerns: ‘Swelling’ and ‘Pain’. On average, there was a meaningful improvement in these two main concerns following the reflexology. The participants also indicated that their general wellbeing improved.

When asked to rate the degree of helpfulness of the reflexology on a scale of 1 to 6 (where 1 meant ‘not very helpful at all’ and 6 meant ‘extremely helpful’), 19 of the 26 participants rated their experience as extremely helpful (6), and none of the remainder scored below a 3.

What the Participants Said
In the interviews, the participants talked about how their lymphoedema had affected them on both a physical and a psychological level. For example:

“I was really quite embarrassed about it actually, I know it’s stupid, but it really was to the extent that I almost felt deformed because my arm was that bad.”

 “It was a real nightmare. It was really painful and was like a blood pressure cuff permanently on my arm, so I had that permanent throbbing.”

After the study, they felt that the treatment had helped them on a number of levels. Being able to wear their usual clothing and resuming activities that had been closed off to them were just two of the areas positively impacted by taking part in the study. Comments included:

 “I can fit into blouses that I couldn’t fit into before because the swelling isn’t so bad.  And my jackets, leather jackets, you know, sometimes you feel a little bit restricted around the arm, they now fit comfortably.”

“I enjoy gardening and I did a little bit last week which I haven’t done for a long time, so that was good, I enjoyed doing that - the fact that I’d achieved something. I was always afraid to do it before.”

Impact of the research

Overall, the success of the study was measured in terms of meaningful changes in the volumes of the swollen arms and in the views of the participants about their experiences and the helpfulness of the reflexology treatments.

The research could have significant benefits for those suffering from lymphoedema after surgery for breast cancer. Lymphoedema services can offer limited access to MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) for women with lymphoedema of the arm. The reflexology technique could offer an additional type of treatment which might allow patients to seek out an RLD trained reflexologist in their own area. This may help to reduce pressure on the lymphoedema service and goes some way to indicate that further research using clinical trials is warranted.

http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/alumni/Pages/Story-4.aspx

Difficulties of the trade...

Confessions of a foot reflexologist: Stinky feet can't defeat her

Besides smelly feet, she has also come across those which are calloused, fungus-infected and even covered with blisters or eczema.
She has to reject customers who have severe skin conditions or infections.
"We have to speak tactfully to them and maybe suggest that they opt for an upper body massage instead."
While most are obliging, some refuse to budge.
She says: "In that case, we request to use the gloves.
Since most of her customers are men, they often ask her to use more strength and pressure when she kneads.
"Especially those who wear safety shoes a lot, the skin on their sole is very thick. No matter how hard I press, they can't feel a thing."
And then there are especially ticklish customers. For them, she will slow down and apply more pressure.
Without a basic salary, Ms Kuan's pay is fully dependent on how many customers she serves a month. On average, she brings in $3,000 a month.


- See more at: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/confessions-foot-reflexologist-stinky-feet-cant-defeat-her/page/0/1#sthash.fkvlBkmi.dpuf

The ICR Silver Jubilee 2015 Conference

Sheffield, United Kingdom 17th to 20th September 2015
SPEAKERS
(In order of presenting)
Father Josef
A Reflexology Adventure
Hamish Edgar
What is Limbic Reflexology?
Prof Nicola Robinson & Leila Eriksen
Strengthening Reflexology in Integrated Healthcare
Henrik Hellberg
HLT-Deep Brain Reflexology with Ortho bionomy
Vera Krijn
Conditioned Response Reflexology
Sally Kay
Management of Secondary Lymphoedema in patients affected by treatment for Breast Cancer
Gayl Hansen
Spirituality in Healthcare
Lynne Booth
VRT Techniques in Sport Injury
Marie France Muller
Facial reflexology: dien’ cham’
Peter Lund Frandsen
New light on Reflexology
For regular updates on the ICR Conference and Sheffield
please visit www.icr-reflexology.org

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Πιστοποίηση χειρομαλακτών στις ΗΠΑ

http://lauraallenmt.com/blog/2014/10/20/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Παρασκευή, 17 Οκτωβρίου 2014

CURING LUMBAGO WITH A COMB. Θεραπεύοντας το Λουμπάγκο με μία χτένα!

ZONE THERAPY, OR RELIEVING PAIN AND DISEASE By Fitzgerald, Wm. H. (William Henry Hope) M.D. , b. 1872; Bowers, Edwin F. (Edwin Frederick) M.D., b. 1871

CHAPTER IX. 90

THERE is a solid and substantial satisfaction in having lumbago. For we know, without being told, that we have it, and we don't have to work our imagination overtime providing it with symptoms.

Also, lumbago offers less encouragement to mental or psychological healing than most anything ordinary we could gather up except a
broken leg, a crop of boils, or an abscessed tooth. And the same thing applies to its sisters-in-law, rheumatism and sciatica.

Therefore, anything that cures lumbago, rheumatism, sciatica, or similar afflictions, must be able to "deliver the goods."

On this basis zone therapy must be considered one of our most valuable methods for treating these obstinate conditions. Naturally it is not always successful. Neither are the salicylates,
hot mud baths, porous plasters, nor having teeth pulled. And this is no more an apology for zone therapy than it is for medicine.

Lumbago, as a rule, responds very quickly and kindly to zone therapy. Cases which come to the office "all doubled up" are straightened out
- frequently in one treatment and wend their homeward way rejoicing.

The weapon which has given us best results in attacking lumbago and kindred affections is a common, dull-pointed aluminum comb, such as
may be procured in most bird stores for dog-combing purposes. The teeth of this are pressed firmly on the palms of the hands and on the
palmar surface of the thumb, first, second and third fingers. In order to get the best results the pressures should be continued for from ten to twenty minutes. Occasionally it may be necessary to work also on the "web" between the thumb and first finger, and also between the first and second finger.

Some zone therapy enthusiasts prefer to begin operations on the tips of the thumb, first, second and third fingers gradually working up the palms of the hands and spending five minutes for good measure on the wrists.

Remember always that the palmar surfaces of the hands and fingers are to be attacked for pains anywhere on the back, and the top or (back) surfaces of the hands and fingers for any trouble on the front of the body, arms or legs. This may seem rather confusing at first, but a little thought will make clear why, what are commonly known as the back of the hands are really the front or top, and correspond with
the front or top of the feet. The palms of the hands correspond with the soles of the feet.

It is also interesting to note that frequently there are found areas which are extra sensitive to the pressures of the comb.

These areas correspond to the most painful zones in other sections of the body. For instance, if firm pressure on palmar surfaces of
right hand elicits more pain through the third zone in the hand, if the patient has already complained of pain in his back, such pain will usually be found in the third zone, and this holds good
where pain is concerned throughout the body.

If these sensitive areas are found, by commencing gently and gradually increasing the force of the pressure, toleration can be established. In developing this toleration, the lumbag is usually relieved.

Some perfectly amazing results have been reported from the comb method of treatment, particularly in lumbago. One case, a minister who, for weeks, had been unable even to turn in bed without assistance, was, after a twenty-minute treatment, able to arise and walk unaided. He was entirely relieved of pain and discomfort within a few hours, and the next day was "'up and around." Relief almost always follows the first treatment, apparently irrespective as to the
cause of the lumbago. I recall a recent case which had persisted for more than three months. This gentleman had taken practically every form of treatment that could be recommended by the most able specialists, had even been to Hot Springs, without any except transient benefit.
He was bent almost double, and for many weeks had not been able to stand erect. This patient was given two aluminum combs and told to
squeeze them for ten or fifteen minutes, while waiting in the ante-room. After being brought into the office, his hands were thoroly "combed" by pressure, from finger tip to wrist.

He straightened out completely after this first treatment, and expressed himself as entirely relieved from pain. He received a similar treatment the following day after which he went
his way rejoicing.

These results are practically uniform. I know of many scores of patients thus cured with a comb.

Sometimes equally good results follow from fastening
hollowed-out spring clothespins on the tips of the fingers, corresponding to the zones in which the lumbago holds forth. Or even from binding heavy bands around these fingers leaving these in position five or ten minutes at a time unless the finger becomes badly discolored sooner, in which case the pressure must be temporarily removed.

One zone therapy enthusiast, who claims that "Treat It By Zone Therapy" should be hung in every doctor's office, while on a pilgrimage to a Shriners' Convention, noticed that the conductor
of the train walked "all doubled up" and seemed to be suffering great pain. It developed that the railroad man had a "misery in his back," had given up work, and had been in a sanitarium for three weeks without obtaining much relief - and also that for the three days prior to his resuming work, he had not been able to "straighten
up," nor make any sudden move, without suffering excruciatingly.

He was invited to come into the smoking compartment for a few minutes, where the doctor put rubber bands on the thumb and forefinger of each of the trainman's hands, and at the same
time made firm pressure with his thumb-nails on these ligatured fingers.

The conductor was not informed of the purpose of this procedure, so his imagination had nothing to work on.

After holding his fingers in this manner for about ten minutes the whistle blew, and the conductor had suddenly to leave his chair. He
straightened up and went out "on the run."

When he came back he laughed and said: ''This is the first time in six weeks I've gotten up or moved without pain. What in thunder have
those little rubber bands to do with lumbago, anyway ?"

The doctor saw this man before leaving the train two hours afterwards, and the trainman volunteered the information that "so far as the lumbago is concerned I have no more feeling than a fish." And these results can be duplicated by any one who will study the zone charts (Figures 1 and 2), and apply the simple technique outlined.

Naturally, in sciatica, and in articular or joint rheumatism, the results have not been so uniformly favorable. For sciatica may be due to hip joint dislocation. Indeed, one of our most famous bone surgeons claims that all cases of sciatica result from a twist, or subluxation of the hip joint which certainly is not true of those
cases cured with a comb, or by electricity, or by some medical measure.

In treating sciatica particular attention must be given the "hip area" of the hand on the same side as the sciatica. This means that the palmar surface of the ring and little finger and the palm
of the hand on that side, as well as the "edge" of the palm, running up over the top of the hand must be thoroughly "combed."

But the best and most rapid relief for sciatica is usually secured by "attacking" the soles of the feet using the comb in the same manner and for the same areas as described for the hands.
In other words, by manipulating the zones in the feet corresponding to the zones in the hands.

Dr. George Starr White, of Los Angeles, California, has invented a mechanical device for this purpose, consisting of a piece of hard wood about five inches in length, cut with deep screw-like threads (see Figures 13 and 15). A heavy, smooth rope is attached to each end of this implement of battle, and the patient uses it with a
long, strong pull for five or ten minutes at a time repeating the maneuver several times daily. Possibly any rough-surfaced, home-made
device might give equally good results.

In acute articular rheumatism, where there are no gross pathological changes or stiffening in the joints, splendid results have followed the use of combs. It should be remembered that the hip area corresponds with the shoulder on the same side, the knee with the elbow, and the ankle with the wrist, etc., and pain is often overcome
more quickly by attacking corresponding parts with pressure or stimulation.

One old lady who suffered terribly in the joints of both hands, and who had not been able to sleep for weeks without an opiate, experienced complete relief after a half dozen treatments with
the comb over the tips of her fingers and thumb. And she was able to sleep soundly thereafter without the use of her usual hypnotic.

A very interesting case of gonorrheal arthritis was reported recently. This man's right knee joint was so painful that he could not bear to have it touched. To bend the right leg at the
knee was out of the question.

Two minutes' pressure on the top and bottom, as well as on the tip of the big toe, completely relieved the pain, and upon testing the joint the soreness seemed to have vanished. The doctor then began carefully bending the knee, and to his surprise, and to the amazement of the patient who hadn't the slightest idea what was being attempted the knee could be flexed (bent) perfectly, without any pain whatever.

As this doctor makes a specialty of treating painful joints by means of heat, light, mud baths, and electricity, and has had a great deal of experience in this work, we were much gratified to hear him say that of all the cases he had ever treated he never had anything seem so miraculous as this. He further stated that he had tried all his methods of treatment to alleviate this man's pain and to be able to flex the knee, but without avail; yet zone therapy, applied at
the proper zone, brought about almost immediate results.

As demonstrating a peculiar phase of zone therapy, and showing how great aches from little corns may grow, here is a very interesting
and instructive case. A patient, suffering from rheumatism in the left shoulder and arm, had, for more than three weeks, been unable to sleep on account of the pain. He had a small callous
growth on the tip of his left thumb, corresponding to the zone in which the pain was located. This was removed, and pressures were made
with a comb on the place where the finger corn had formerly held forth. Within four days he was completely cured.

And this reminds me that a corn doctor is a valuable aid in pressure therapy work. For time and again I have seen pains as far away as
a headache relieved by clearing up the zone occupied and irritated by a large pugnacious corn, which was the actual cause of the headache - foolish-sounding as it may seem.

A little boy with an aggravated case of "wry neck" had, for months, slept upon sand bags to give him neck support. I cauterized the necks
of his teeth (always look to the condition of the teeth in wry neck) with a fine platinum point cautery (which is merely a direct way of stimulating all the zones), and in a few days this youngster was up and running around as well as ever.

Other cases of wry neck have been quite as readily cleared up by pressures on appropriate fingers or the palm of the hand on the side involved or by pressing with a cotton-tipped probe on the proper zones on the posterior wall of the throat, or on the under surface of the tongue and on the floor of the mouth under the tongue.

Most medical men, without stopping longer than two seconds to think about it, will affirm that all these things are ridiculous and absurd.

This, you remember, was what contemporary scientists told Galen and Harvey, and also what the astronomers told Galileo. We spoke in a similar strain of radio activity, the fourth dimension, wireless telegraphy, and aerial navigation. Many erudite members of the medical profession claim that zone therapy and zone analgesia
might be interesting if found in Gulliver's Travels or Munchausen's Romances, but that emphatically they have no place in medical
literature. For every one knows that an egg cannot be made to stand on end.

Yet we are standing this medical egg on end every day.

And there is no reason in the world why any intelligent man or woman, let alone any intelligent doctor, cannot do likewise, and put these
simple and helpful methods into practical application. For it doesn't even require faith.