Generally, reflexology appears to be safe and doesn’t cause many side effects. Because most people feel relaxed after a treatment you might feel a bit light headed. Some people say their feet feel tender afterwards, others can have an emotional response or need to pass urine more often.
Tell your reflexologist about any after effects that you have.
Who shouldn’t have reflexology
People with cancer must see reflexologists who have training or experience treating people with cancer. This is because there might be specific points on the feet that they need to avoid, or where they should only apply very gentle pressure.
People with diabetes should always ask their doctor before having reflexology. This is because it may interfere with drugs for diabetes.
If you have a pacemaker you need to tell your reflexologist.
Also check with your doctor or nurse before having reflexology if you have any of these conditions:
- circulatory problems of the feet
- inflammation or blood clots in the leg veins
- foot ulcers
- fungal conditions of the feet such as athlete’s foot
- thyroid problems
- a low platelet count, which means you may bruise or bleed more easily
Research into reflexology for people with cancer
There is no scientific evidence to prove that reflexology can cure or prevent any type of disease, including cancer.
It is still a popular form of complementary therapy for people with cancer. Some studies have looked at using it to help with symptoms such as pain, sickness and anxiety.
It is difficult to see if reflexology has any effect for sure because:
- there are mixed results
- most studies have been small
- some trials have not been well designed
- it could be the attention of the therapist that helps people to feel relaxed, not the therapy itself
NOTE: This information has been taken from Cancer Research UK.