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The term reflexology was coined by Vladimir Bekhterev 1917 a Russian neurologist and the father of objective psychology.

Vladimir Bekhterev

Vladimir Bekhterev was best known for noting the role of the hippocampus in memory, his study of reflexes, and Bekhterev Disease (Ankylosing spondylitis).
Moreover, he is known for his competition with Ivan Pavlov regarding the study of conditioned reflexes..

Neurology Reflexology. Different

Reflexology in MS

Effectiveness of Reflexology in MS. There have been a couple of small studies conducted on the use of reflexology to alleviate symptoms of MS. For example, one study was a randomised control trial involving 53 participants with MS. It showed significant improvement in sensory symptoms, urinary symptoms, and spasticity.

Whether or not one ascribes to Chinese traditional medical theories, reflexology results in deep relaxation, stress reduction, and an overall improved sense of well-being for many people—and it may have the additional benefit of helping your MS.

It could be worth a try for you. If nothing else, reflexology can help you relax and simply "feel good," which everyone deserves.

Alzheimer's Dis-ease (and other forms of dementia)

The hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain to suffer damage; short-term memory loss and disorientation are included among the early symptoms. Damage to the hippocampus can also result from oxygen starvation (hypoxia), encephalitis, or medial temporal lobe epilepsy. People with extensive, bilateral hippocampal damage may experience anterograde amnesia (the inability to form and retain new memories).

Neurology Reflexology. Hippo Brain

Hippocampus -Alzheimer's Disease

The hippocampus is so important that when it is damaged, you may be unable to form new long-term episodic memories although you may still be able to learn new procedural memories or motor sequences of everyday tasks. Memory is not totally lost as you may still be able to remember events stored prior to hippocampus damage.

Neurology Reflexology. research


There are a growing number of research studies and trials in relation to reflexology and the following paper by Nancy A Hodgson RN PhD CS Efficacy of Reflexology as a Palliative Treatment in Nursing Home residents with Dementia: Pilot Study July 2006[2] suggests that reflexology “may be an effective treatment for older people.

Neurology Reflexology. standing feet


Reflexology therapy aims to stimulate the body's innate self-healing systems and meridians, thereby reducing anxiety & creating an optimal homeostatic condition to increase circulation, promote healing & improve wellbeing. Thus encouraging the body to use its intrinsic ability to heal itself and restore a natural balance, a holistic approach that is becoming widely recognised & respected in modern medical practice.

Neurology Reflexology. Brain point on the foot


The brain reflexology point is located on the toe pad of your big toe. You’ve got brain reflexology points on both of your feet.

Your big toe represents everything in the head and neck. Your sense of self or self-esteem is also connected to the big toe. The most common defect of the big toe is with the nail. Any kind of ingrown nail, fungus, discoloration, etc. relates back to life stress that are currently compromising your sense of self. The deeper the issue, the more trouble with the toe.

However, because energy meridians cross over at the neck, the reflexology points are reversed for any part of the body from the neck up. This means that the reflexology point for the right side of your brain is on your left toe and the point for the left side of the brain is on the right toe.

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