Foot Reflexology for Diabetics

Is it safe for a diabetic to get foot reflexology?
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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

Question on healing:
I have been living with diabetes for the better part of 4 years and it causes great pain in my feet. Since the rest of the body is worked on/through with the feet….how can reflexology help with the feet themselves? Since my feet are already in a great deal of pain-can it be done without much pain?

Healing Facilitation Response:
I learned a long time ago that the diabetic foot was different. Some doctors don’t even want the foot massaged. Many say not to even soak the feet in warm water. You’d have to check with your doctor before attempting to use foot reflexology.

Healing work, such as Reiki, on the feet would help restore proper energy flow without any possible diabetic-type problems due to poor circulation which might be present. If you have chosen a doctor who is open to alternative methods of healing the body, they might say it is okay for you to try reflexology.

As for how reflexology helps the foot itself, I don’t have any reference for that but would have to assume that increasing circulation throughout the body would have to have a beneficial effect on the whole body, including the feet. Also, in the same way that massage can relieve cramped, tense muscles in the body, reflexology can relieve cramped, tense muscles in the feet. My feet always feel delightfully wonderful after a session, particularly if I’ve been standing on my feet all day when I get a session.

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