The techniques of reflexology can help to reduce swelling, and provide increased mobility, reduced pain and support for accelerated recovery after an injury.
The techniques of reflexology help to increase blood flow and encourage lymphatic drainage. Research studies show that it can remove lactic acid from the legs four times faster than massage. Increased blood circulation and lymphatic drainage helps remove toxins and increase the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, helping to support the body’s natural healing process and promote recovery from injuries.
Many athletes use reflexology in a preventative capacity to encourage balance in the body and improved health in general, such as improved sleep quality, reduced anxiety and improved mood.
It may also assist in preventing common complaints and niggles from extended muscle exertion such as aches, pains, cramps and spasms.
The effect of stress has a very detrimental effect on the body, reducing blood flow and oxygen, causing energy to be depleted and thus functioning at a sub-optimal level. Reflexology helps to manage this by promoting deep relaxation, easing tension, giving the body time to rest and heal and it often improves sleep. It may also help with pain relief or reducing pain associated with injury.