Alternative medicine

The practice of alternative medicine offers good health through the feet – The Oakland Press

For Roberta Eggart and other reflexologists, the key to good health is under your feet. Reflexology, an alternative medicine practice that involves applying pressure to areas of the feet or hands, can relieve chronic pain and stress and provide relief to cancer patients.

The basic theory of reflexology is that the areas of the feet, hands and ears correspond and are connected to certain other organs, glands and muscle groups, via energy pathways in the body, and that properly applied pressure to specific points can relieve pain and stress. and improve body functions.

“Reflexology brings your body to a level of homeostasis. It brings your body into balance, into well-being,” Eggart said.

Casey Currey, sports and fitness coordinator at Clinton Township Senior Center, had five sessions with Eggart. (Photo by Debra Kaszubski — For MediaNews Group)

After removing socks and shoes, clients sit in a comfortable chair while a reflexologist applies pressure to various locations on the bottom of the bare feet using their thumb and index fingers. Before the start of the session, the reflexologist can soak the feet in a foot bath. Some compare the sensation to a foot massage, but with more pressure.

The roots of reflexology go back thousands of years; there is evidence that the technique, or something like it, was practiced in ancient China, Egypt, and Greece.

Eggart has treated clients using reflexology for over 35 years. Throughout her career, she has worked in senior centers in Fraser, Clinton Township and Madison Heights. She also offered reflexology to residents of Waltonwood by Lakeside and Peace Manor. Although reflexology benefits everyone, Eggart said many of her clients suffer from diabetes and digestive issues.

Casey Currey, sports and fitness coordinator at Clinton Township Senior Center, had five sessions with Eggart. Not only is a session relaxing, but reflexology has helped Currey relieve muscle and arthritis pain. “I highly recommend it to everyone,” she said during a recent session.

Reflexology sessions by Roberta are held Tuesdays at Clinton Township Senior Center and Fridays at Madison Heights Senior Center. (Photo by Debra Kaszubski — For MediaNews Group)

Several studies have explored the use of reflexology as a palliative treatment for cancer patients. One, published in the journal Oncology Nursing Forum, found that reflexology seemed to help cancer patients manage the disease system and perform daily tasks.

The study involved 385 women, all of whom were undergoing treatment for advanced breast cancer. The subjects were divided into three groups: one received a series of reflexology treatments, another received standard foot massages, and a third received no treatment. After 11 weeks, patients who had reflexology reported feeling significantly less shortness of breath than other patients, making it easier for them to climb stairs, get dressed, or shop for groceries.

“There are no side effects to reflexology and you can’t say that to any medication,” Eggart said.

Reflexology sessions by Roberta are held Tuesdays at Clinton Township Senior Center and Fridays at Madison Heights Senior Center. To make an appointment, call Eggart at 586-242-5751.

Next Avenue contributed to this report.