Reflexology can replace painkillers

March 17, 2017, 8:48 p.m

Reflexology can replace painkillers

A group of sci­en­tists from the British Uni­ver­si­ty of Portsmouth, led by Dr. Car­ol Samuel, pio­neered reflex­ol­o­gy as a way to treat acute pain. The basis of mod­ern reflex­ol­o­gy was laid by the Amer­i­can physi­cian William Fitzger­ald at the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tu­ry, after ana­lyz­ing the ancient meth­ods and com­par­ing them with his own expe­ri­ence.

Fitzger­ald devel­oped a tech­nique that, by press­ing and mas­sag­ing cer­tain points on the sur­face of the human body, made it pos­si­ble to reduce pain and influ­ence the state of inter­nal organs.

British sci­en­tists divid­ed 15 vol­un­teers into 2 groups: the first group was treat­ed with reflex­ol­o­gy, and the sec­ond group was told that they were alleged­ly being treat­ed with an inno­v­a­tive device (in fact, the device was turned off). Then the doc­tors assessed the pain tol­er­ance thresh­old and the pain thresh­old of the sub­jects. The results forced sci­en­tists to take a clos­er look at reflex­ol­o­gy as a tech­nique, since the first group of vol­un­teers had a pain tol­er­ance thresh­old low­er by 45%, and the pain lev­el was reduced by 40%.

Sci­en­tists sug­gest that reflex­ol­o­gy caus­es the brain to release pain-reliev­ing chem­i­cals. And this means that it can be used for chron­ic pain in the spine, for exam­ple, instead of chem­i­cals.

The opin­ion of the edi­tors may not coin­cide with the opin­ion of the author of the arti­cle.

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