The Many Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology, much like acupuncture and massage, aims to relieve tension by targeting specific parts of the body. Instead of using needles or kneading the muscles, reflexology focuses specifically on the hands and feet to help alleviate stress and fatigue. However, reflexology is less well-known than other practices among the general population, and many people still question what this treatment is, how it works, and if it’s truly effective. We’re here to provide that information.

Dr. Bonnie S. Friehling seeks to provide holistic treatments to her patients in Columbia, Missouri. This includes reflexology sessions, performed by Stacy Summers, a certified reflexologist. By combining Dr. Friehling’s medical treatments with reflexology sessions, you can boost your energy levels, improve your sleep, and find relief from pain and stress. 

An overview of reflexology

Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to certain parts of the body, specifically the hands and feet. The idea is that massaging these areas can improve your health and reduce pain. Some reflexologists also specialize in massaging the ears. 

Even if you’ve never heard of reflexology before, you might recognize some of the practices. A common example of reflexology is using pressure points on the hands and feet to alleviate headaches or sinus pain

The efficacy of reflexology is still being studied, but it's safe and noninvasive, so there’s no argument against trying it with a professional practitioner It can serve as a relaxing, complementary treatment for pain and fatigue. Dr. Friehling can include reflexology as part of your complete holistic wellness plan as a way to boost the effectiveness of more traditional medical treatments. 

What reflexology can do for you 

Reflexology has been recommended to soothe a number of conditions, including: 

While you may need traditional medical solutions for these conditions, reflexology can also benefit you. It may not “cure” the root issue, but it can make you feel much better by relaxing your body and improving blood flow. These can help you sleep more deeply, relax more fully, and heal more quickly. 

Many people struggling with chronic pain and fatigue are overburdened with physical and mental stress. A professional reflexologist can also use your body’s natural pressure points to alleviate your exhaustion. Decreasing stress can make many chronic conditions easier to bear.

Interested in trying reflexology for yourself? Get in touch with Dr. Frieling and Stacy Summers by calling 573-446-1200, or visit the contact page for more information. 

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