Reflexology For Diabetes

REFLEXOLOGY FOR HEARTBURN

Heartburn is experienced as a burning pain that travels up from the center of the chest to the throat. It can occur when the muscular sphincter 10 type of valve found between the stomach and the oesophagus relaxes, allowing food and digestive juices in the stomach to travel back up the Oesophagus. Having a full stomach makes this more likely to happen as it puts extra pressure on the valve. Heartburn is often made worse by lying down or bending over during an attack. Chewing food Thoroughly is the first step towards good digestion. Overeating, eating too quickly or eating too many rich , fatty or spicy foods, or drinking too much alcohol, often causes heartburn, while stress can exacerbate it. Milk creates an acid environment in the stomach and should be avoided by those suffering from heartburn.

>> REFLEX AREAS/POINTS TO WORK

• Diaphragm • Oesophagus • Pancreas • Stomach • Lungs • Thoracic vertebrae
Wine can be a trigger for heartburn as can fatty foods . Overeating and not chewing your food properly can also lead to heartburn.

REFLEXOLOGY FOR HIATUS HERNIA

This is an abnormal protrusion of part of the stomach, which passes up through the wall of the diaphragm and causes pain and discomfort. The diaphragm is the muscular sheet that separates the lungs and chest from the abdomen. Hiatus hernia affects us more as we get older. Doctors are not sure what causes it, but people are more likely to get it if they are aged over 50, smokers, overweight or pregnant. A hiatus hernia often causes no symptoms, but may cause pain and heartburn (a feeling of warmth or burning in the chest). It is not usually a serious condition and often needs no treatment. Any symptoms can usually be treated with drugs or (if severe) an operation. It is advisable to eat small, frequent meals.

>> REFLEX AREAS/POINTS TO WORK

• Diaphragm • Hiatus hernia • Stomach • Pituitary • Adrenals • Thoracic vertebrae

REFLEXOLOGY FOR OSTEOPOROSIS

This condition causes the bones to weaken, making broken bones more likely. Osteoporosis is sometimes called the 'silent disease', because most people who are affected are unaware that their bones are thinning until they break one. Bones affected by osteoporosis are less dense than normal and are porous. The bones that are most at risk are the ribs, wrist, spine and hips, which are more likely to break as the result of a minor bump or fall , or even without injury (for example, a sneeze may break a rib). You are more likely to get osteoporosis if you are aged over 60 years, and the risk continues to rise as you get older.

>>REFLEX AREAS/POINTS TO WORK

• Thyroid • Pituitary • Parathyroid • Kidneys/ Adrenals • Hip • Entire spine
The condition is around four times more common in women than in men and is most common in women who have been through the menopause, because their production of oestrogen falls dramatically (and oestrogen helps to retain calcium in the bones). Long-term immobility, anorexia, inflammatory bowel disease and a family history can all increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. Bone mineral density can be reduced to 35 per cent in osteoporosis which may result in fractures as you get older.

REFLEXOLOGY FOR COMMON COLD

There are more than 200 viruses that cause the common cold, which is experienced as an infection of the upper respiratory tract. Typical symptoms include a sore throat, sneezing, watery eyes, head congestion, headaches, fever and aches and pains. Most colds clear up in around eight days, but occasionally – if someone has a weak or immature immune system - a cold can lead to more serious infections, such as bronchitis, pneumonia or flu. Avoid sugar if you are susceptible to a cold, because all sugars can reduce the body's ability to fight infection by 50 per cent.

>>REFLEX AREAS/POINTS TO WORK

• Head • Pituitary • Eye/Ear general area • Cervical vertebrae • Thoracic vertebrae • Upper lymphatics .

REFLEXOLOGY FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

It is estimated that one in five adults is affected by this syndrome, which is twice as common in women as it is in men. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic or long-term condition affecting the small or large bowel. It causes pain or discomfort and an altered bowel habit, and affects the rate at which the contents of the bowel move. The symptoms affect the digestive tract, causing irregular bowel movements, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, nausea and Flatulence . The stools are the shape of rabbit droppings and often contain an accumulation of mucus. Headaches and tiredness are also associated with the condition.

>>REFLEX AREAS/ POINTS TO WORK

• Ascending colon • Transverse colon • Sigmoid colon • Descending colon • Pituitary • Adrenals
IBS can be triggered by stress, food intolerance and an imbalance of good bacteria in the bowel.

REFLEXOLOGY FOR CONSTIPATION

This condition occurs when waste material moves too slowly through the large bowel, resulting in infrequent and painful elimination and hard, dry faces. Constipation can give rise to a number of different ailments, including bad breath, depression, fatigue, flatulence, bloating, headaches, haemorrhoids (piles) and insomnia . It is important to move the bowels on a daily basis because harmful toxins can form after a period. In many cases constipation may arise from insufficient amounts of fibre and fluids in the diet. Other causes could be advanced age, medication, insufficient exercise and bowel disorders.

>>REFLEX AREAS/POINTS TO WORK

• Ascending colon • Sigmoid colon • Descending colon • Thyroid • Kidneys/Adrenals • Lumbar Vertebrae