For asthmatics, Asthma Reflexology is particularly useful in preventing asthma attacks and decreasing escalations during an attack. During an attack it should be used as an adjunct or support tool—and not a replacement for Your Physician prescribed asthma treatment.
So more about Asthma Reflexology. To keep things simple, let’s just say, every part of the entire body has a corresponding reflex site on the feet and See book: Better Health with Foot Reflexology by Dwight C. Byers.
During an asthma attack, when pressure is applied to respiratory sites with the tip of thumb or fingers, those sites initially feel very painful. On a scale of 1-10 the pain will probably feel like a 15.
Apply pressure continuously to the respiratory sites on each foot, hold each site 10-15 seconds. Maintain pressure just past the point of discomfort. Continue to apply pressure at that level.
The discomfort will generally begin to lessen after 5 or 10 minutes. This translates as-- the asthmatic is improving. Remember You use Asthma Reflexology as an adjunct or support while taking Your inhaler or nebulizer.
When Asthma Reflexology is administered, and the respiratory sites are not painful or uncomfortable it generally indicates that the person's respiratory status is fine.
Asthmatics who routinely self-administer Reflexology treatments are taking advantage of an available tool that they can use to gauge their respiratory status. See book Golden Wings, Holistic Approach to Managing Asthma by Yocheved Bat-Imedt.
Uncomfortable or painful sites may be a sign of an impending asthma attack or some other respiratory problem i.e. a cold. In any case, this alerts the asthmatic to have extra water and medication readily available.
Applying pressure to the sites until they are no longer uncomfortable or painful can possibly help avert an asthma attack. Asthma Reflexology is a great self-administer tool as well as a tool for parents with children under 12 years and YOUR SECRET WEAPON!!!