Human, Injury Management

Reflexology: Does it tickle?

One of the many questions I get asked is, “Does it tickle?” No it shouldn’t, as it is all about the pressure points in the foot, which when stimulated provide physical and emotional wellbeing.

History of Reflexology

Reflexology has been practiced throughout history from different ages and cultures. It was practiced in Egypt, where there is evidence documented on the walls of tombs. India also seems to be a place where reflexology started its early days. The Buddhist monks took their techniques to China and then onto Japan, teaching along the way.

Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology can bring many benefits including;

  • Detoxifying the body
  • Relaxation
  • Increase circulation
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Provides pain relief
  • Balances energy in the body
  • Helps during pregnancy

What to Expect in a Treatment

Reflexology is a holistic and non-invasive therapy performed on the feet, with varying degrees of pressure to promote physical and emotional wellbeing. It stimulates the body’s own natural healing powers. Reflexology is to treat the whole person, body, mind and spirit.

A first appointment will include a conversation about your medical history, needs and what you want from a treatment.

However if you have the following conditions then you may not be able to have reflexology

  • Pregnancy- in the first 3 months or if you have a history of miscarriage
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetic
  • Cancer- Doctor approval needed

Once your history is complete then your treatment is started with effleurage to warm the soft tissues up. This is followed by working on the pressure points in your feet, which will not be painful but should feel relaxing.

After a treatment, your body is in the process of healing, as a result you may feel some of the following positive reactions

  • A feeling of warmth
  • A feeling of complete calm
  • Pain releif
  • Increased flexibility

Other common and normal reactions can be

  • Tiredness
  • Thirst
  • Needing the loo more frequently
  • Increased perspiration
  • Cold like symptoms
  • Feeling emotional

Some people have no reactions to treatments but if you do they will occur within 24hrs after treatment but will subside after 48hrs.

If you would like to find out more about reflexology or discuss your needs then contact Francesca on 07709 431659 or email on dollytrolley32@hotmail.com

Human, Injury Management

What is K-Tape all about?

What is K-Tape all about?

Most people have heard of K-tape (kinesiology tape), or at least seen athletes wearing it. There is a strong belief with some that tape is used for injuries (which it can be), and as a result don’t want to visibly give their opponent a psychological advantage. However k-tape has more uses than when injured.

For instance it can be used for the following

  • To help posture and proprioception
  • Improve recovery
  • Help prevent re-occurence of injuries
  • Reduce bruising, swelling, and pain
  • Increase flexibility

How can k-tape help posture and proprioception?

We are all being told about poor posture and that we need to be mindful to improve it. K-Tape applied in the correct manner can help remind individuals of a better posture. For example it can be used to help draw the shoulders back for those working for long periods of time at a desk so that they don’t slump. It can also be used in sport to remind an athlete on limb position (proprioception). A good example is with horse riders, it allows long lasting corrections to be made to a riders position and balance, which in turn allows the horse and rider a deeper partnership.

K-tape can help recovery, reduce bruising, swelling and pain

The way that K-tape works is that when placed on the skin it helps lift and decompress the tissues beneath. This is thought to help decrease muscle tone, allow easier movement between muscle fibres and increase circulation. This in turn allows for more rapid removal of inflammation, excess fluid and by products of exercise or injury. This is turn can help reduce bruising, swelling and chemicals causing pain. K-tape can therefore help recovery after exercise and injury making it very useful to have in your sports bag.

Increase Flexibility

Rocktape®️, which is the brand of tape I use on a regular basis, developed Powertaping™️. Which is meant to help develop neuromuscular function and movement along myofascial chains of movement. Myofascial chains was developed by Thomas Myers and is termed Anatomy Chains (which is a very interesting read if you want to learn more!). Powertaping™️ can potentially help treat pain, improve flexibility, delay muscle fatigue, and reduce imbalances. The way Powertaping™️ is thought to work is by the tape stimulating the sensorimotor system through cuteness afferent nerves. This in turn sends signals to the brain causing small adjustments to movement patterns to be made affecting proprioception. It is also thought that tape can alter the nociceptive pain pathways through the pain gate mechanism and lastly decrease tone in muscles allowing an increase in flexibility.

As you can see the way the tape affects the body interlinks and has several outcomes that are beyond just injury management. K-tape is a great tool to help injuries but can be used for so much more as stated above. Apart from massage I find it is one of the most useful treatment options to have at hand and works well with other treatment modalities. It is easy to carry round, apply and it can be used for up to 5 days. Rocktape®️ also have many colour and pattern choices, which also goes down well with clients. Lastly K-tape can be used on horses to help in a similar way to humans but I feel this is an area for its own post in the future, so watch this space.

Further information on Rocktape®️and how it can help movement can be found here blog.