Reflexology for Sports & Injuries

Supporting your health and wellbeing with reflexology

You might be a pro-athlete, semi-pro, or participate in your favourite sporting activity to keep fit and stay healthy. Have you ever considered incorporating reflexology into your fitness regime, sporting activity or even to use reflexology to help with a sports injury? Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, gym goer, weight trainer, boxer, runner or road cyclist (to name just a few) incorporating reflexology into your fitness regime can be hugely beneficial. Regular reflexology treatments can improve circulation and encourage lymphatic action. This physiological ‘boost to the system’ energises tired muscles and inhibits the production of lactic acid. Reflexology has been successfully used by football teams, athletes and golfers, even Muhammad Ali used reflexology.

How can reflexology help with injury?

By using specific reflexology and vertical reflexology techniques, reflexology aims to support and could reduce pain and also accelerate the recovery from serious injury, minor impact and overuse injuries such as knee pain, tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, shoulder pain.

Increase Blood Circulation to Injured area. Reflexology helps to boost blood flow and circulation bringing nutrients, water, oxygen and all essential materials to an injured area, helping it to mend. It also helps to expel waste and toxins from the body quicker. Through improving circulation, reflexology can aid relief from, as well as helping to prevent, injuries such as cramps and spasms.

Manage Inflammation. Some inflammation is necessary to help protect an injured area. However, sometimes too much physical activity and exertion can actually lead to chronic inflammation or a stress response resulting in further medical issues. Reflexology can help manage inflammation and ensure that the body does not reach this stage.

Also let’s not forget the emotional and psychological impact of the injury can have. It is just as important to balance the mind as it is to balance the physical body.If you are preparing and competing in an event such as a marathon, or cycling it is best to have a reflexology treatment 2-3 days in advance to ensure adrenalin is not affected. Reflexology can also work really well alongside medication and other treatments such as physiotherapy.

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Reflexology for Sports Injuries

As a keen runner I often have wear and tear issues and I quickly saw improvements following treatments. I started to learn something new about my body after each treatment. We were also able to adapt when I had an injury.