Reflexology Basics
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Ewald Kliegel
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Reflexology - Basics
Pain is a mysterious phenomenon that already starts with its definition. Although everyone has made at least once this agonizing experience, we find it hard to define what pain really is. The ancient Greeks said that pain would be a "barking guard dog of health". So we have to admit that this signal impossible to ignore may have a positive intention. In a current mode of expression it is said that pain has a protective effect.

Reflexology - painSo far was it was rather in vain to find a “pain centre” in the brain or elsewhere in the body. But since the 60's science gives us more and more evidence with the gate-control theory (by Melzack & Wall 1965) that the perceived pain is the result of calculations of the impulses. The various impulses are netted against each other on their way into our consciousness. This explains why e.g. relaxation techniques, meditation or reflexology treatments can provide us with pain relief.

However, let's consider the most common pain a little closer, the one in the musculoskeletal system. Here we can see that it requires an interplay of several factors in order to perceive pain. The disturbances must exceed a certain individual level in intensity, they are to affect a sensitized terrain and they must exceed our capacity of compensation of the system. Only then the pain reactions attain a certain value of an illness.

An occurrence, such as pain where so many factors are involved, obeys laws that we know of all dynamic processes. Even health and disease fall into this category. All have in common is that there is no absolute measure, but a dynamic equilibrium which is set by internal and external changes again and again. Concerning the pain in particular, there is no universally applicable threshold of pain, and pain is not unchangeable. On the contrary, pain offers in its reassessment at each changeover point an abundance of possibilities. One of them are reflexology treatments. Together with other measures they provide a wide range of influences on this agonizing and tormenting experiences.

An example for this would be the “referred pain”

Reflexology - referred painThis means pain-sensitive areas of skin, muscles, joint capsules or fascia, resulting from the fact that our brain "calculated incorrectly" and makes a misjudgement of a localization.

An example of this would be a scar in the backside of shoulder area that caused a malfunction. But the localization in the cerebral cortex is perceived as pain in the acromio-clavicular joint. Somewhere in one of the switch points an error has sneaked in the impulse transfer. Assigned to the same segmental floor the pain is perceived at some place else.