The benefits of reflexology are well-renowned and include pain relief, increased circulation and nerve supply, reduction of stress and anxiety and improved sleep to name a few.
From the moment the reflexologist's hands start their work, the relaxation begins.
University of Portsmouth UK new research show reflexology may be as effective as painkillers for common conditions such as back pain and osteoarthritis.
Dr Carol Samuel, a trained reflexologist who carried out the research, said those who had the treatment felt about 40 per cent less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45 per cent longer when they used the complementary therapy as a method of pain relief.
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Research also shows that reflexology treatment helps individuals of all ages and with some 78 health concerns.
A survey of 169 studies from 21 countries found reflexology to be 80 per cent effective in its testing over 78 disorders.
Symptoms were improved for health concerns stemming from tension, such as elevated blood pressure, anxiety, constipation, headaches, labour times for the pregnant, as well as pain relief.
Patients suffering from asthma, diabetes, cholesterol, incontinence were found to require an appropriate number and frequency of sessions.
Professional reflexology is available in the Redlands on Wednesdays at Physio on Bayside at Cleveland, and Thursdays and Fridays at Thornlands.
To make an appointment please call Anne on 0419 670 312 or book online at www.redlandreflexologists.com.au.