Can Your Senior Loved One Benefit from Reflexology?

By Raz Silberman, 9:00 am on

Reflexology involves massaging the pressure points found on the feet, lower legs, hands, face or ears. Practitioners believe that the points found in these regions correlate with other areas of the body. By applying gentle pressure and massaging specific pressure points, therapy recipients experience relief of symptoms associated with various health conditions. Reflexology also encourages overall healing and relieves tension. Below is everything Plano in-home caregivers need to know about the practice and how it might help their senior loved ones.

History of Reflexology

The practice was originated in ancient China, Egypt and India. However, modern techniques were established during the early part of the 20th century by Dr. William Fitzgerald from the United States. He noticed that applying pressure to one region of the body affected other areas. By the 1930s, nurse and physiotherapist Eunice Ingham created the 10-vertical zone map of the foot, which correlates different body regions with specific points on the foot. While the practice is believed to be useful, experts verify that reflexology does not cure diseases or medical disorders. However, some Plano elder care professionals believe that this massage therapy can bring symptomatic relief. 

By applying gentle massage to the pressure points found on the bottom of the feet, the therapy encourages deep relaxation. Treatment sessions also help improve blood and lymph circulation, which stimulates the body’s natural healing ability. Some of the many benefits experienced by older adults following reflexology therapy include: 

  • Reduction of general aches and pains
  • Relief from anxiety and depression
  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Headache relief
  • Reduction of symptoms associated with respiratory ailments
  • Faster recovery from stroke

Reflexology Sessions

Practitioners initially obtain a client’s medical history and current health records. This information enables the therapist to determine which pressure points require attention. The individual then removes their shoes and socks and sits or reclines on a therapy table. Therapy begins with a gentle massage of the feet or other areas. The massage may include the use of lubricating oils, but normally it does not. Each session lasts 30 to 60 minutes. Depending on the problem, clients may need six to eight follow-up treatments. 

Learn more about holistic techniques to alleviate your loved one’s pain when you call Home Care Assistance at (214) 586-0120. As the leading provider of live-in and hourly home care in Plano, TX, we know what it takes to help seniors maintain independence while boosting their overall wellbeing. Call today to talk to a friendly Care Manager and set up a complimentary in-home consultation.