What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-invasive method that massages the soles of your feet, where the synergy among all parts of the body can be accessed to create immediate relaxation of muscle tension.
Reflexology is closely related to the word “reflex”. Pressing specific positions on the soles of the feet causes a chain of reflexes in the muscles, which release adrenalin into the blood cycle. Pressure points are found on meridians, or energy centers. Reflexology is a reflection in the soles of the feet of the body’s status. The reflexologist can ascertain stress felt by the patient, help release it with touch or pressure, and will most often also expose other factors causing health problems.
Reflexology and dental treatment
Stress is unavoidable in our lives on a daily, and longer term basis. Stress can become problematic when we have no way to control it. When we can no longer cope suitably with cumulative stress, our bodies tend to collapse. The power of reflexology is in its ability to reduce stress and bring about deep relaxation and internal harmony, which promotes relaxation of the nervous system and other bodily systems and helps return them to normative functioning.
When facing complex dental treatment, it is natural to feel tense or upset, and manifestations of anxiety may appear as the date for surgical intervention approaches, peaking on the day of the planned treatment.
Oded Doar, Senior Reflexologist, presents a case history:
“As a reflexologist with twelve years’ experience, I was privileged some years ago to assist one of Moria Periodontal Center’s patients. Several days before the planned surgery, the patient described how fearful he was of the upcoming long term treatment, and asked if I could assist with reflexology right before his appointment. After briefly discussing the matter with the Periodontist, I was allowed to participate during the surgical procedure. Now, seven years later, the concept of integrated reflexology has become strongly rooted in several dental clinics throughout Haifa and northern Israel, where my staff and I provide dental relaxation.”
“Moria Periodontal Center’s surgery coordinator will describe how reflexology integrates into the treatment that the patient is due to undergo, and will offer this choice to the patient. The service is provided by the clinic as part of its efforts at improving our patients’ quality of life.”
How reflexology affects the patient
The patient receives a brief overview of the treatment about to be performed. Throughout the surgical procedure, from anesthesia through the waiting stage and during surgery itself, the patient’s feet are massaged, the focus being to reduce tension and enhance relaxation. The duration of reflexology is matched to the duration of surgery and can be anything from one to three hours. Reflexology is conducted throughout surgery with no breaks unless the patient requests otherwise. Verbal communication with the patient is conducted prior to surgery’s start. There is close cooperation between the surgeon and the care staff so that at critical moments such as incision, suturing, attaching, implant penetration and so on, reflexology is momentarily ceased.
“One might think that the presence of a reflexologist in the operating theater would be disruptive, but the medical team is aware of reflexology’s value in ensuring that the patient remains calm and attentive to the surgeon and assistants. As surgery progresses, contact is maintained with the patient who is asked how she or he feels, if there is a stress point that is particularly assistive, and if the patient needs a break. After seven years during which hundreds of patients received reflexology during surgery, the overwhelming view is that dental treatment is indeed perceived in a positive light.”
“Experience has shown that after reflexology-integrated treatment, patients will not forego the reflexologist at the next session!”
Reflexology contributes to reduction of stress when facing complex dental treatment. Reflexology has become an integral part of the relaxation solutions offered by dental clinics.