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Fibromyalgia and Reflexology

A study of 70,000+ patients concluded the physiological changes that take place in the body as a result of the reflexology techniques. Considering that fibromyalgia has been determined to be a nervous system disorder and that the feet contain a rich network of nerves that communicate to the nervous system, foot reflexology is an effective and gentle touch therapy to help FMS individuals.


Among the many CAM therapies frequently used by fibromyalgia patients, empirical research data exist to support the use of only three: (1) mind-body, (2) acupuncture, and (3) manipulative therapies for treating fibromyalgia. The strongest data exist for the use of mind-body techniques, particularly when utilized as part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. The weakest data exist for manipulative techniques (e.g. chiropractic and massage). The data supporting the use of acupuncture for fibromyalgia are only moderately strong. Also, for some fibromyalgia patients, acupuncture can exacerbate symptoms, further complicating its application for this condition. Further research is needed not only in these three areas, but also for other treatments being frequently utilized by fibromyalgia patients.

-- Baillieres Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 1999 Sep;13(3):487-92. Complementary medicine treatments for fibromyalgia syndrome.Berman BM, Swyers JP.

Many with fibromyalgia have experienced improved quality of life with the intentional touch and skillful application of reflexology as part of their wellness program. Benefits reported include enhanced stress coping, improvements in: Digestive functions, Clarity, Headaches, Sleep, Energy Levels and Emotional Stability.


Reflexology || || Fibromyalgia Center

last update: April 2009

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