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Medical Centers Endorse Reflexology
The Springfield Newspaper, August 5, 2009
According to major medical centers in the United States, reflexology is helpful for many conditions.

Jane Lanverman, Secretary of the Reflexology Association of Ohio, has compiled a list of Medical Centers in the United States that have researched and provided health claims for reflexology as witnessed in their respective centers.

A partial list includes: Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Dekalb Medical Center, Beebe Medical Center, and University of Pittsburg Medical Center.

These medical centers have declared reflexology to benefit such areas as: reduction in tension and stress, increased vascular, neural and lymphatic circulation, the releasing of toxins, alleviates or manages asthma, sinus problems, digestive disorders, menstrual irregularities, pain, fatigue, and inflammatory skin conditions.

Reflexology is also recognized by these medical centers as being good for relieving pain and inflammation due to arthritis (both osteo and rheumatoid) and Raynaud's phenomenon, myofascial pain, and fibromyalgia.

Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine states that research has shown that blood pressure can actually decrease during a session.

A three-month pilot study was conducted by St. Rita's Medical Center on open-heart patients who received reflexology. The study confirmed a patient's level of pain and anxiety decreased significantly.

It helped patients increase the distance they were able to walk, decreased the number of days they were hospitalized and the amount of medication administered during their recovery process.

As you can see there is a wide range of conditions that major medical centers are recognizing as being benefited by reflexology. And more than one condition can be addressed during the same session. Reflexology can assist and compliment any health care regimen.

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