MS is a progressive condition of the Central Nervous System in which scattered patches of myelin in the brain and spinal cord are destroyed resulting in a range of physical and emotional symptoms. The condition is characterised by physical symptoms including numbness, tingling, loss of balance, flu like symptoms, extreme fatigue, vision problems, heavy leg syndrome, and spasms, while the emotional symptoms are varied, including, denial, fear, anxiety, stress, frustration, anger, and depression. The range of disability varies in site and time with dramatic unpredictable improvements or deterioration, while no two diagnoses are identical. The cause and cure of the condition are unknown. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, but there is also evidence that it has genetic qualities. Environment may also play a part, while there are also concerns about early life viruses being responsible. It is the most common acquired condition of the nervous system. The ratio of women to men at 3V2. Four forms of MS have been identified. Symptoms depend largely on location and condition of the plaques throughout the body.
The Benefits of Reflexology
- Reduces tension and helps with combating stress
- Improves circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body
- Promotes wellbeing and relaxation
- Helps to reduce toxins and impurities from the body
- Creates a space for the body to balance itself
- Strengthens the immune system and energises the body
During a treatment, the primary system of focus is the Central Nervous System, while the type of treatment should be nourishing, yet stimulating and relaxing, with particular attention to a variety of points which are specific to the nervous system and multiple sclerosis. On a physical level, by working the brain it helps to restore areas of degeneration and stimulate brain function while at the same time creating relaxation. Working the spine strengthens the lines of communication of the nervous system. Stimulating the eye reflex area reduces visual disturbances and enhances optimal functioning. The throat reflex area eases tension and improves communication. By working the liver it helps detoxify the body and mind, particularly beneficial if a client is on medication for their condition. The limbs help to improve sensitivity, mobility and co-ordination. The urinary system including the bladder helps to stimulate muscle sphincters and stimulate all nervous function of the body via the bladder channel. By working the kidneys they support the urinary system, but are also used as a helper area for the eyes and vision process.
The adrenals as part of the endocrine system help to reduce inflammation. The solar plexus and diaphragm are worked to ease tension and anxiety while the lungs deepen the breath of life. In addition to all of the above helper points, areas, and systems should include the endocrine system to support inner strength and understanding, the lymphatic system, to expel degenerated tissue, the circulatory system to improve circulation and oxygenate the blood, and by working all reflex points on both feet to rebuild the natural state of mind body and soul. According to Debbie Shapiro, author of ‘The Body-Mind Workbook’, ‘fixed attitudes and mental patterns lead to an inability to cope or flow with change’. The emotional spine is the very back bone of our being, the central channel of our nervous system, blood supply, core and spiritual energy. The spine is in many ways the most important part of the body, for it holds everything in place. Spinal problems are related to issues in the deepest core of our nervous system. Chris Stormer, another renowned reflexology author, believes that it provides support and the sensitivity to adapt to life’s ups and downs.