Therapeutic Reflexology in Addiction Treatment Protocols
For many people when they hear the word addiction the first thing that comes to mind is alcohol and illegal substances but in reality addiction is not just about these two things. One can be addicted to sugar, caffeine, nicotine, food, sex, adrenalin etc. In order to understand addiction we need to define the cause of addiction.
“Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. Despite the involvement of a number of psychosocial factors, a biological process – one which is induced by repeated exposure to an addictive stimulus – is the core pathology that drives the development and maintenance of an addiction. The two properties that characterize all addictive stimuli are that they are reinforcing (i.e., they increase the likelihood that a person will seek repeated exposure to them) and intrinsically rewarding (i.e., they are perceived as being inherently positive, desirable, and pleasurable)” according to Wikipedia
Types of Holistic Complementary Therapies which aid in addiction recovery:
Therapeutic Reflexology, Reiki and other types of energy work
Acupuncture and acupressure
Yoga & meditation
Biofeedback and neurofeedback
These are just some of the wide range of treatments described as holistic. The key similarity between them is that they are intended, at the root, to treat the whole person rather than only a single element of an individual’s symptoms or behaviours. The goal of effective addiction treatment is to address the underlying reasons that led to the destructive behaviour in the first place.
As this is a reflexology blog we will only look into role of reflexology as a complementary holistic therapy in addiction treatment.
Benefits of Reflexology in Addiction Treatment.
Reflexology is not a cure for addiction or a substitute for addiction treatment. However it is an effective complement to addiction treatment as it has no adverse side effects and is a non-invasive treatment. The reflexes on the ears, hands or feet are stimulated by applying firm pressure whilst massaging the reflex areas.
How does Reflexology work in this regard?
Reflexology is based on the theory that our entire body is mapped out on our feet, hands and even our ears. Thus targeted points correspond to organs, muscular, nervous, circulatory and skeletal systems. Blockages of energy in the body can often occur as a result of substance abuse, illness or stress. These energy blockages are released by stimulating the reflexes on the feet, hands or ears. By doing so patients experience improved health and well-being as energy now flows freely throughout the entire body.
Blood circulation is improved which promotes the flow of oxygen and essential nutrients to be delivered to all cells in the body.
Toxins, carbon dioxide and metabolic waste in the blood is transported to the relevant excretory organs for elimination, resulting in fewer cravings and reduction in withdrawal symptoms as treatment progress.
Relaxation is induced which assist the body in the healing process.
Reduction in anxiety and irritability.
Increased energy and a sense of well-being.
Reflexology is becoming a popular complementary treatment protocol at many treatment centres around the world. Should you or your loved one need help with substance abuse please contact SANCA on their Toll Free number 086 14 72622.