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Reflexology for Back Pain

by Ann Gillanders

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Reflexology For Back Pain is a book that has an immediate visual appeal due to its colourful illustrations. These take the form of foot charts and photographs. The bulk of the photographs illustrate a variety of reflexology techniques.

Chapter 1 provides a brief introduction to reflexology and also some of the types and causes of back pain. It provides common-sense information on how to maintain a healthy back, including nutritional advice. There are also detailed foot charts showing all the major reflex points. This chapter ends with a brief description and illustrations of basic reflexology techniques.

The remainder of the book deals with how to give treatment. It is suggested that the receiver of the treatment sits in a comfortable chair with their legs up and feet supported on a cushion on the 'givers' lap. I favour a relaxed, reclining position with spine supported, for the receiver. Their feet need to be at a comfortable height for the giver to work on so they are also relaxed. The author points out the importance of having short, well-trimmed nails when giving treatment. It is unfortunate that the model photographed demonstrating the technique has very long nails. They could damage the skin, especially with diabetics.

In Chapter 2 readers are invited to follow a series of these photographs that illustrate how to give, 'a complete foot session'. They are assured that they can gain sufficient knowledge and confidence to help friends and loved ones, by following the clear illustrations and explanations. It gives the impression of being incredibly easy. Reflexology is blissfully relaxing, and so I was surprised to read that a relaxing massage is recommended at the end of treatment. Photographs show how this is done. This could prove too much for some people.

The remaining 6 chapters of the book each deals with specific problems. These relate to problems affecting the neck, upper back, shoulder, arm and hand and also the lower back, knee, elbow and chronic back problems. Readers are advised to follow the illustrations and explanations as before. Some simple exercises are also included.

This self-help book contains useful information. It could motivate people to become Reflexologists. They may think it's an easy study; however, there is no substitute for sound, comprehensive training that should include supervised clinical practice and an understanding of contraindications.

Mary Martin
Gaia Books

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