In the book “Stories the Feet can tell Thru Reflexology” Eunice Ingham, the mother of western reflexology, recognized the relationship between the foot's joints / function and the upper body structure.
This is one of my favorite quotes: "If this obstruction (broken arches) happens to be in the nerve endings or reflex leading to the kidneys, we find that the kidneys are being robbed of a part of their blood supply."
Although this may not mean that you'll have kidney problems, a functional or structural problem in the midfoot has been proven to cause problems in the abdominal cavity fascial tissues. So, is this just a coincidence? I don't think it is. This is why I believe incorporating optimal foot function with the reflexology treatment can be of great value.
The Windlass Mechanism
Another great example of this synergy is the Windlass Mechanism.
It allows the medial longitudinal arch of the foot to become a rigid lever. It’s one of the amazing features of the foot that allows us to walk/ run with efficiently.
If the windlass mechanism fails, foot and back pain can occur.
Being able to use the small nerves of the foot helps the activation of the windlass mechanism (the plantar fascia), allowing stability at push-off when we walk or run.
Now look at Reflexology. This is your Spine Reflex.
Stimulating the nerves and reflexes in this area of the foot promotes an integration of movement between the medial longitudinal arch and the spine with every step.
Do you suffer with back pain?
Have you ever thought of integrating foot assessment and exercises, foot sensory stimulation and reflexology?
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe.