Complementary Therapy Day – 23rd March 2020

What is complementary therapy?

 

Complementary therapy can be used alongside conventional medicine to help treat a medical condition. Examples of such therapy include acupuncture, which has become increasingly popular in many countries, and aromatherapy which many people have been using for years.

 

Such therapy is based on a holistic approach to physical and mental health, meaning that they treat your physical and emotional wellbeing as a whole. 

 

Here at the comfoot zone, we are believers in using certain types of holistic therapies. We offer acupuncture, reflexology and massage, and we frequently use essential oils as effective natural treatments. 

 

Why we use acupuncture

 

Acupuncture is a treatment which involves sticking very fine sterile needles into certain parts of the body. This stimulates the sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, causing the body to react by releasing hormones such as pain-relieving endorphins.

 

There are many contrasting beliefs about what acupuncture can help with, seeing as different people have had different results.

 

However, it has been proven to help with many conditions, such as tension headaches, migraines, chronic pain, joint pain, and postoperative pain. 

 

Why we use reflexology

 

Reflexology is based on the theory that points on the feet are connected to organs in the body, and applying pressure on these points can result in many health benefits. 

 

It is said to help with a wide range of issues, including reducing anxiety and stress,  improving sleep, boosting immune health, correcting hormonal imbalances, improving digestion, boosting fertility, and more! 

 

It can even be used to induce labour when a baby is overdue!

 

Why we use massage

 

Massage prompts the brain to release endorphins and decreases the levels of stress hormones, thus producing feelings of wellbeing and relaxation. 

 

The main type of massage we use here at The Comfoot Zone is sports massage, which is generally used for treating sporting injuries, but can be enjoyed by anyone. It can be tailored to the needs of the individual, helping with pain, injuries, and discomfort. 

 

It can reduce muscular tension, increase range of motion and decrease stiffness and soreness, as well as aiding with sleep and relaxation. 

 

Why we use essential oils

In nature we can find many useful and gentle treatments for almost every complaint. We always aim to use natural products whenever possible, both in our personal lives and here at The Comfoot Zone. 

We have used various essential oils and found them to be extremely effective for many different uses. For example, check out some previous blog posts about Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil and how I use them. 

 

Deborah has also found certain essential oils to be highly effective at treating some foot conditions such as fungal infections and verrucae.