A good example of when things are out of balance is when you’ve been under prolonged stress and your ‘fight or flight’ nervous system is in overdrive. Glands which are responsible for producing stress hormones can become sensitive after awhile.
The reflexologist can identify these tender areas, which are mirrored at specific points on the feet. Releasing these points is believed to reduce the activity of the over stressed nervous system and increases activity of the ‘rest and digest’ nervous system. It’s one reason you feel so relaxed after a reflexology treatment.
How can it help me
Reflexology can help with the management of symptoms of conditions such as diabetes, premenstrual syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, sinusitis and anxiety. It can also help conditions
affected by stress such as difficulties conceiving or problems sleeping. It’s contraindicated during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Is it safe?
Reflexology is sometimes used alongside medical treatments, often to help with managing symptoms of other treatments such chemotherapy. There are some conditions which it may make
worse, so please check with your doctor if you’re being treated for a condition, before having reflexology.
It’s important to understand that a reflexologist can’t diagnose conditions or claim to cure a condition. Reflexology helps with managing symptoms related to some conditions and can enhance wellbeing, making medical treatment effects easier to cope with.
How long do sessions last and how do I book?
Reflexology treatments are for an hour and can be booked as a one off or periodically. Please attend at least 15 minutes prior to your first appointment to complete a health questionnaire. Don’t hesitate to contact the clinic if you have any questions or to speak with Chris about attending for reflexology.
About Chris Davenport
Chris graduated as a physiotherapist from Leeds University in 1997, starting his career at Rotherham General hospital and has worked in private practice since 2002.
His last role included running a sports injury clinic for students at Loughborough University where he has gained experience treating both elite and recreational athletes from a range of sports. He has undergone additional training in Indian head massage and reflexology, whilst completing postgraduate training in orthopaedic medicine and manual therapy also.
He was physiotherapist for the City of Sheffield (senior men) athletics team and has worked with the North East regional athletics team in Portugal, at the British Transplant Games and also with the London Marathon medical team.
“I like to understand the mechanisms which prevent an injury from recovering and use a variety of treatment techniques to correct any contributing factors, whilst targeting the source of the pain.”