An alternative therapy to consider for treatment of psoriasis is reflexology. Psoriasis has no cure and can be a painful condition with lesions that are red, scaly, and inflamed. Although you should work with your doctor and take the prescribed medications, you might want to add reflexology as a complementary therapy to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis.
Reflexology is meant to ease psoriasis symptoms and is not a cure on its own. Even though studies are lacking, anecdotal evidence shows that reflexology can benefit people with psoriasis. Perhaps the greatest benefit is its stress reduction. Many people feel that a reflexology session brings about a relaxing effect, the same way a massage does. Although this may not sound important, reducing stress can help lessen your psoriasis symptoms as your immunity is boosted.
Dr William Fitzgerald developed reflexology in the early 1900s and based it on ancient principals. Eunice Ingham further refined it in the 1930s. The basis of reflexology is that there are spots in the hands and feet where pressure can be applied. This pressure is supposed to cause a reduction in pain and a strengthening of the immune system.
Reflexology is safe to use regardless of the prescribed treatment. When you are searching for a reflexoligist, it is important to find someone you feel comfortable with. Reflexology should be a relaxing, not stressful, experience. During your first session, your reflexologist will discuss your health with you and examine your skin before starting a treatment.
Some cases of psoriasis may be too severe for a reflexology session. With psoriatic arthritis, the hands and feet may be too tender or inflamed to be worked on. Any open abrasions or cuts are also avoided by a reflexologist.
If your hands or feet have lesions or scales, you can still have a reflexology psoriasis treatment, as long as your hands or feet are in a condition to be worked on. Your reflexologist may show you some self-reflexology techniques you can use at home.
Reflexology for psoriasis isn’t for everyone, but it is a safe treatment that may provide some relief. Psoriasis sufferers who have had reflexology psoriasis treatments feel they are of great benefit in relieving some of the discomfort.