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I have rheumatoid arthritis. My feet really bother me. I have a reflexology appointment in two weeks. Will I benefit from this?

Molly Cerra (Wartburg, TN) on Sep 25, 2012
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Massage during a flare-up is contraindicated for rheumatoid arthritis. During the subacute stage, that is, when the joints are stiff, but not swollen, massage can bring pain relief and greater mobility to the joints. Whether you choose reflexology or another modality is up to you.
Molly Cerra (Deer Lodge, TN) on Sep 25, 2012
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Massage during a flare-up is contraindicated for rheumatoid arthritis. During the subacute stage, that is, when the joints are stiff, but not swollen, massage can bring pain relief and greater mobility to the joints. Whether you choose reflexology or another modality is up to you.
Anthony Villalobos (Dallas, TX) on Sep 25, 2012
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My clients tell me that they feel better after a firm foot massage as opposed to reflexology.
Robbin Phelps (Takoma Park, MD) on Sep 25, 2012
Reflexology is a way to treat the whole body by working on the feet. Your feet, as well as the rest of your body, can be treated this way. You could also get some relief also from gentle massage, especially from lymphatic drainage work. I suggest trying different modalities to see what speaks to you. Best wishes.
Isidro Cordero (Orange, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
I know rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease and pain is really bothersome. Is your foot swollen? And are you taking medication? Reflexology targets the body's organs. It is a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) discipline. It will help to relieve pain for some time. However, reflexology may not affect inflammation. Have you tried lymphatic drainage? It will decrease the swelling and alleviate pain. Detoxification and massage together improve circulation and flush toxins, a great approach for treating RA. Drink alkaline water, especially kangen water. It may be a bit expensive, but RA medication is expensive too, and may cause gastric irritation to boot. Thank you.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Sep 25, 2012
Reflexology claims to treat the whole body using areas on the feet that correspond to the internal organs and other body parts. There isn't much research on the benefits of reflexology, but you can try it and see what you think. You will at least get a very thorough foot massage. Be sure to tell the therapist to be careful if you have tender spots. Reflexologists call these areas of "congestion" and work on them a bit longer. This may also help if the source of pain is a sore joint, or a contracted ligament, tendon, or sheet of fascia. Make sure the pressure is bearable.You are always the "boss" in any therapy or treatment, even medical. You might do better to try a massage therapist who does Swedish massage. I am an MT with 19 years of experience, and my wife has had rheumatoid arthritis since childhood. She experiences foot pain too. We have found that traditional Swedish massage works well for maintenance care. It can improve circulation and reduce swelling in her joints if the whole limb is massaged (massaging the whole leg to relieve pain in the knee and foot, for instance). It helps her to sleep better at night, and she says her morning stiffness is reduced for days following a massage. She was originally quite tender in a number of areas, especially where she had surgery in the past; she can take more pressure comfortably now, though some tender areas remain. Good luck finding a therapy that works for you!
Rachelle Neher (Cleveland, OH) on Sep 25, 2012
You will benefit greatly as long as the reflexologist is properly certified and trained.
Canney Yang (New Hyde Park, NY) on Sep 25, 2012
Besides rheumatoid arthritis, what other problems you may have? Are your feet swelling? Have you seen any other specialists? What did your primary doctor say? In our experience, reflexology does help with arthritis. We also suggest that you soak in hot water for 20 minutes every evening before going to bed.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 29, 2012
Yes, you should most definitely benefit from the stimulation reflexology gives. Thank you.
Beryl Winston (Bronx, NY) on Sep 25, 2012
Reflexology is a gentle process that can help reduce the pain, swelling and discomfort commonly associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Working with a certified reflexologist would benefit you greatly.
Zenia Hickson (Phoenix, AZ) on Sep 25, 2012
Massage is beneficial for your body overall. I would suggest Swedish massage with light myofascial release. Increasing blood flow will help relieve the pain. Since this type of arthritis affects the autoimmune system, you should consider doing the massage at least weekly for a month. Clients sometimes notice a change after six sessions.
Lorissa Talavera (Moreno Valley, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
You will definitely benefit from it. In order to decrease joint pain, you have to increase circulation! And that is where reflexology comes in. It relaxes the body, thereby reducing constriction of blood vessels and improving circulation. Increased blood circulation will help to break up and dissolve crystal deposits (caused by an excess of uric acid) which build up in the body and settle in the feet in cases of RA. During a reflexology treatment, endorphins are released into the bloodstream, easing aches and pain and promoting a feeling of deep relaxation and balance. Reflexology helps restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium and encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance. Reflexology has been shown to be effective for foot pain!
Yolie Amezcua (Phoenix, AZ) on Sep 25, 2012
yes
Indira Cruz-Rivera (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
Absolutely! Reflexology will help soothe and ease your pain without the side effects of medications. Enjoy your session!
Danielle Buyea (Saint Petersburg, FL) on Sep 25, 2012
My father also suffers from this form of arthritis. His case is sever, but massage does help him. I have also treated others who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis with varying degress of severity. Through observation I have noticed a marked improvement in how myclients feel afterword. Massage is going to help break up adhessions that form in the area and get rid of built up toxins produced by the arthritis
Sean McCoy (Chandler, AZ) on Sep 25, 2012
Depends on the therapist. You should expect to enjoy the feeling of having your feet manipulated by a licensed massage therapist. However, understand that reflexology has its roots in the "Energy Modalities". Not everyone believes that energy work can reduce or reverse symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. But as I said, since the therapist is working that part of your body that is in discomfort, you should benefit from the general pleasantness of the feeling of having your feet manipulated.
Theresa Gehri (Sun Valley, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
I know about rheumatoid arthritis. You should probably book a reflexology appointment every week until you experience the benefits. Then you can taper off, though you should still have an occasional treatment.
Emma Clites (Shippensburg, PA) on Sep 25, 2012
Reflexology is not just a foot massage. A reflexologist will work on specific spots on your feet that will help various areas of your body. Pressure on the feet can sometimes be painful, so communication between you and your therapist is key. Tell her about any unusual pain you experience. If you just want a foot massage, you can get it at a pedicure spa, but why not get the potential benefits to the rest of your body at the same time?
Carissa Bracamonte (Reno, NV) on Sep 25, 2012
Reflexology will help. So will acupuncture and acupressure. You might also benefit from energy work.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Sep 25, 2012
Most likely it will, but there are no more guarantees with Reflexology than with any other treatment option. Give it a try! You have nothing to lose, only something to gain if it works.