When I heard that www.ahhreflexology.com was coming online, I was thrilled. Here finally was an outlet to broadcast my testimonial in support of reflexology.
In June, 2004 I had an accidental fall that resulted in a diagnosis of “lumbar sacro pleaitis” and “peroneal nerve palsy” affecting my left leg and foot. The major symptoms were constant and severe pain variously in the left leg, knee and foot and a “drop foot” condition for which I am receiving ongoing physical therapy. My immediate problem was the extreme pain that persisted day and night --the worst I have ever experienced. I was prescribed a codeine painkiller to be taken as needed every 4 hours, 24 hours a day.
I didn’t miss taking a single dose of the codeine, taking up to almost 6,000 mg. daily. That dosage soon began to adversely affect my appetite and what little sleep I could get, and I developed a constant and general malaise. Because the pain came back so quickly between codeine doses, I was then prescribed Oxy Contin, a stronger pain killer. After taking the latter only a few times I stopped because of disturbing physical and mental effects. I lost interest in eating, I was continually nauseous, and had weird dreams. Only then did I learn of Oxy Contin’s reputation of being extremely addictive as well as having potentially dangerous psychotic effects--it is a dangerous drug.
I grew increasingly concerned with how much medication I was taking, the accumulating side effects I was experiencing, and what my future would hold. Needless to say, I was growing despondent and, at the same time, anxious to get off all the medication.
Encouraged by friends, I decided to try alternatives outside of conventional medicine. My first choice was reflexology because I had been hearing positive things about it. While still suffering the pain, I began treatments in September ’04 with a certified practitioner. I received one session a day for four consecutive days.
The first session was restricted to my hands and ears because of extreme sensitivity in my left leg and foot. The result was truly pleasant, and it gave temporary relief from the pain. On the second day I could accept foot reflexology in addition to the ears and hands. It, again, gave immediate but only temporary pain relief. The third day was a repeat of the day before. However, that evening and night, surprisingly, the pain became extremely bad. I considered dropping further sessions altogether. But my reflexologits’s calming and reassuring demeanor combined with the relaxation and relief afforded by each session, happily, convinced me otherwise.
I tried it once more the following morning, and shortly the pain began to subside and virtually disappear by afternoon.
All this time I was still taking codeine, but smaller doses day by day. And each day I would press some points on my hands that my reflexologist had taught to me when my leg and foot started to hurt. On the fifth day I woke up pain-free for the first time in months. For the first time in months I felt like myself again. Frankly it seemed like a miracle. The pain never came back with the same intensity, and in a few days, I no longer needed the pain medication. I am pleased to recommend reflexology to anyone seeking an alternative health approach to wellness.
Claudio – NYC
My introduction to Reflexology was in January 2004. Since then, I gained a great deal of respect for it as an aid to free me from pain.
It has been about 30 years that I've been diagnosed to have Osteoarthritis. One can imagine the uphill battle it has been. In the beginning, a Rheumatologist decided hormone treatment was the best for my case. When my gynecologist found that out, he requested that I stop it. I sea-sawed between the 2 points of view for several years. In the meantime, pain was always with me.
When I had to change my general doctor who was leaving the practice, the new doctor recommended that I take painkillers such as Volteran. In the meantime, the painkillers try out took its toll - I developed stomach and duodenal ulcers. In fact, at one point a test showed that the duodenal ulcer was just about to bleed.
It took a half a year of high doses of Zantac and a special diet to correct the condition. During that time, I could only hold my stomach and try not to cry with the pain from the arthritic inflammation that I was going through.
Once healed, I decided to try as many alternatives possible without drugs of any kind. Such a long, ever lasting process .
These procedures included vitamins - some great ones, acupuncture and chiropractics which gave me some relief. My chiropractor was able to dissolve the calcium deposits that I had lining my spine and other bone protuberances where deposits were present as well. After a few years of all these manipulations, I ameliorated somewhat and would then only go back to my chiropractor when the pain of arthritis would worsen.
One day I was approached by a friend who wanted to see if she could help me get some relief with Reflexology.
Yes, yes, it was like magic! The relief was almost instantaneous. I almost did not dare hope for some relief for me! But you bet there was, and I can say it with my heart and mind - because I've seen the most elegant treatment that anyone can have in order to leave me painless!
It's like magic! It's sensational - I've been doing it since January 2004 - and I am going to continue - maybe forever for it keeps me pain free and all without the use of painkilling drugs!
Cherie – NYC "
If someone had told me what I am about to share with you, I would probably take it as very interesting stories, slightly enhanced for added effect. However, I assure you that this is exactly what happened to me.
For a few months I had a pain on the upper part of my left foot. I went to the Podiatrist a few times and each time he gave me a shot for the pain. One day while I was talking to a colleague, who practices Reflexology, she took my left hand and pressed it on the area that corresponded to where my foot pain was. To my amazement, the pain simply disappeared! She suggested I did the same to myself if the pain returned, and that I get into the habit of pressing my hand with my fingers for a few minutes every day for general wellness.
A few days later, I woke up with uncontrollable sneezing. I would actually sneeze five, six, seven times in a row. My nose was stuffy and my eyes watery. That morning at work I kept sneezing and sniffling until the same colleague asked to try to help me with hand Reflexology. What happened then was just unbelievable. As she pressed my hand with her fingers I felt something change inside my body and it got very relaxed. Suddenly I stopped sneezing and my nose was no longer stuffy. The crisis went away as mysteriously as it came upon me.
The third time my colleague helped me with Reflexology was for a sudden pain I had between my shoulder blades. She just pressed some points on my hands and it was gone!
Every morning on the bus to work I press my hands all over as suggested by my colleague, and none of the problems mentioned above has ever returned!
Julia L. NYC
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