Reflexology for Raynaud’s

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Reflexology for Raynaud’s

24th January 2018 01:02 PM

Author: Caroline Challender

Raynaud’s affects the blood circulation causing the skin to be deprived of a normal blood flow. Raynaud’s is most noticeable when you are cold or stressed. Arteries and capillaries become narrower, reducing blood flow to the hands and feet. This mimics the body’s normal response to conserving heat or responding to stress (by lessening blood flow to the extremities in order to conserve it for use by the vital organs and muscles). A person with Raynaud’s experiences exaggerated symptoms which occur at inappropriate times.

Symptoms include numbness or tingling in the hands/feet along with feelings of extreme cold and pain. Fingers and toes may become white or take on a blue tint. When a sufferer begins to warm up or relax, a stinging, throbbing pain accompanied by redness may occur as blood returns to the extremities.

Reflexology is based on the principle that there are areas on the hands and feet which correspond to every organ/part of the body. A gentle reflexology treatment helps to balance the body’s systems, stimulating underactive areas and calming overactive ones. Reflexology will relax your whole body, relieving stress and tension and helping with many conditions.

Sufferers of Raynaud’s may like to consider having regular reflexology sessions which may help in any of the following ways:

  • Improving circulation throughout the body, but especially to the hands and feet
  • Strengthening the cardiovascular system
  • Reducing stress 
  • Relieving pain and discomfort
  • Promoting the body’s natural healing processes

Other self-help tips include:

  • Regular exercise to boost circulation
  • Keeping  your home warm and taking care to ensure your hands and feet are well covered in cold weather
  • Ginger and ginkgo biloba promote the circulatory system
  • Breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, mindfulness for stress reduction
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Don’t smoke or drink too much caffeine

Caroline is available at our Mickleover Centre on Mondays from 10am - 4pm for Reflexology and Acupuncture. To book a treatment or for more information please call the Bridge Team on 01332 521 270.

 

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Treatments: Reflexology

Practitioners: Caroline Challender

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