Patricia Lavelle MAR FHP CNHC Foot Health Treatments, Holistic Foot Therapies & Reflexology for Dumfries & Galloway

Holistic Approach

An holistic approach takes into account a different definition, most treatments claim that disease is a result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and/or environmental imbalance which means the whole of our body, can contribute 'so by working on the whole it could balance us out completely.

Foot Pain

Pain is a hot topic of research today, particularly the attempt to isolate the exact source of the pain and the relationship between that source of the parts of the body that hurt. For example, can knee pain be caused by a hip defect? Can abnormal bio mechanics of the feet result in low back pain? We must remember that before this century very few medical experts related sciatica to low back abnormalities. As a foot health practitioner who has devoted a lot of time to treating sore feet, I have become acutely attuned to the relationships between foot problems and discomfort on other places of the body and mind. Therefore, I noticed by using reflexology techniques in a foot health treatment it reduced the compression or irritation on the sciatic nerve - I have therefore gone on to use reflexology techniques with health results of less pain.

Foot Therapy. ALL OVER FOOT 23

Joint pain may be caused by trauma, infection, inflammation, arthritis, bursitis, gout, or structural foot problems.

Foot pain is a common problem with a wide range of possible causes. ... Swelling, stiffness, foot is weak, grating or crackling feeling, a lump, tendon injury. Burning ... Symptoms: joint is so swollen, hot and tender that anything touching it hurts.


Apart from problems in the joints themselves, people with inflammatory arthritis may have inflammation and discomfort in the tendons and the other soft tissues in the feet. The part under or behind the heel where the tendons attach to the heel bone (the Achilles tendon) is quite often affected in this way.

Trochanteric Bursitis

An inflammation of the three bursa found around the hip socket is known as trochanteric bursitis. The bursa can become inflamed due to arthritis, obesity, or a strain of any of the hip or lower back muscles. This in turn can lead to faulty postures and abnormal gaits. Shortening of these strained muscles can contribute to chronic tension along the hip socket and eventually irritate the bursa.

The pain from trochanteric bursitis can be a deep, dull pain or a sharp ache along the outside of the hip that extends down the lateral part of the leg. The pain is usually worse at night and can make it difficult to sleep on the affected side. A cross-over gait while running can lead to irritation of the bursa, as well as a leg length discrepancy or a pronated foot.

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Kneipping for Foot Pain Relief

Since 1891 'It is commonly also known as “Kneipping” or “Kneipp Cure”. The principle of a Kneipp Therapy is based on hot and cold showers, rinses, baths, and compresses. The interplay of hot and cold water on the skin, widens the arteries, stimulates blood flow and the metabolic system and strengthens the immune system

Foot Therapy. BUNION


A bunion is a bony lump that develops at the main joint between the big toe and the foot. It forms when your big toe pushes inwards towards the smaller toes, pulling the joint out of line.

Bunions may cause you problems; alternatively, they may be harmless.

What is a bunion?
Bunions usually develop slowly, and many people have them for years with no problems at all. However, some people find:

the bunion can push their toes and feet out of shape
the skin covering the bunion can get red and inflamed or callused
the bunion can make wearing shoes and walking difficult and painful
Some people get a smaller bunion, known as a bunionette, in the joint of the smallest toe.


A combination of reflexology and foot health ' Reflexology can work with you ' It's all in the way that WE interpret the information coming in through our different senses - Foot health can release from the nerves system how you are feeling ' to help relax soft tissues for the skeletal system to re-home, in it's place of work.

  • How do you talk about yourself?
  • How are you feeling?
  • Connect with yourself in a silent way and recognise how your pain is communicating to you

    reflexology can work with you ' to release the story on what and how we are feeling - we can create pain to enable life experiences to be felt and held in a way we relate to. Our other choice, is to let go - take a leap of faith and design a better way of feeling.

    It's all in the way that we interpret the information coming in through our different senses - all thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations - triggers thousands of neurons, as we repeat an experience over and over, the brain learns to trigger the same neurons each time - prevention or reinvention. This in turn connects or releases pain from the joint or emotion, from the nerve.

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