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Τρίτη, 3 Ιουλίου 2018

Regional interdependence and reflexology

In the Orthopedic Reflexology approach, besides Eunice Ingham's expalnation on how Reflexology works (crystal formation/ circulation obstruction), we examine and study other possible mechanisms for the effect of reflexology.

One such possible mechanism might be what is known as regional interdependence, especially for persistent and chronic pain cases. These are the cases the vast majority of reflexologists face in their every day practise.

Simply put, regional interdependence is the concept that seemingly unrelated impairments in a remote anatomical region may contribute to, or be associated with, the patient’s primary complaint. Current research has shown that regional interdependence can be affected not only by other regions in the musculoskeletal system but impairements from varying body systems and regions. It is important to remember, that regional interdependence is different than referred pain.

With respect to reflexology, the ankle joint is a mobile joint and it correlates
Illustration property of Adam Thomas for Balacing touch
(reflexology) to the hip joint which again is a mobile joint. If the ankle joint from mobile becomes immobile then other joints will possibly be effected. The trained reflexologist will pick up this immobility (crystals, calcifications, nerve endings) and with skill and patience try to benefit this joint working out the "findings" and possibly correcting the mobility which in turn will have a positive effect on the hip joint.


If you would like a more simpler explanation, maybe these lyrics from The Skeleton Dance will help...

The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone.
The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone.
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone.
Doin’ the skeleton dance.

This video is also helpfull, take notice that the description stops at the ankle joint, ...me wonders if the alteration between stable and mobile joints continues way down to the phalanges.


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