Reflexology In Pregnancy And Childbirth

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Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth is a definitive text on the safe and appropriate use of reflex zone therapy in pregnancy, labour and the puerperium, focusing on evidence-based practice, professional accountability and application of a comprehensive knowledge of the therapy related to reproductive physiology.

Denise Tiran, an experienced midwife, reflex zone therapist, university lecturer and Director of Expectancy – the Expectant Parents’ Complementary Therapies ...

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Overview

Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth is a definitive text on the safe and appropriate use of reflex zone therapy in pregnancy, labour and the puerperium, focusing on evidence-based practice, professional accountability and application of a comprehensive knowledge of the therapy related to reproductive physiology.

Denise Tiran, an experienced midwife, reflex zone therapist, university lecturer and Director of Expectancy – the Expectant Parents’ Complementary Therapies Consultancy - has an international reputation in the field of maternity complementary therapies, has researched and written extensively on reflexology, and has treated nearly 5000 pregnant women with structural reflex zone therapy.

KEY FEATURES

Case histories to ease application of theory to practice

Charts, tables and diagrams are used throughout for ease of learning

Includes a section on conception, infertility and sub-fertility

Covers legalities and ethical issues.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is carefully thought out, detailed and practical with all relevant safety issues considered. Whereas there is insuffient research in RZT to describe this text as a guide for evidence-based practice, the author has sought to give a scientific rationale for such an approach coupled with evidence available to date from case reports... Clearly this book is aimed at midwives and practising reflexologists, although it would be of interest to an expectant mother who might want to understand what RZT can offer her in maternity care." Focus on Complementary and Alternative Therapy, June 2010

"This book’s strength comes from combining information about reflexology treatments, case studies and links to relevant research... very thorough in the explanations related to body organs and systems."

International Therapist Magazine, April 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702031106
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xii

Chapter 1 Theoretical Background to Structural Reflex Zone Therapy 1

Introduction to reflexology 1

Mechanism of action of reflexology 3

Types of reflexology 7

Reflex zone therapy 10

Introducing structural reflex zone therapy 12

The evidence base for reflexology 20

Conclusion 22

Chapter 2 Clinical Practice of Structural Reflex Zone Therapy in Maternity Care 23

Aims of structural reflex zone therapy in pregnancy and childbirth 23

Professional issues for midwives and reflexologists 25

Preparation for treating pregnant and childbearing women with structural reflex zone therapy 31

Contraindications and precautions 37

Reflex zone therapy treatment sequence 46

Reactions to treatment 54

Chapter 3 Reflex Zones used in Structural Reflex Zone Therapy for Maternity Care 58

Relaxation points 60

Pituitary gland 62

Reproductive organs 64

Diagnostic potential of the reflex zones for the reproductive organs 68

Head and neck 71

Musculoskeletal system 72

Lymphatic system 76

Renal tract 76

Gastrointestinal tract 78

Endocrine system 79

Hepato-biliary system 80

Cardio-respiratory system 81

Chapter 4 Structural Reflex Zone Therapy for Pregnancy 83

Introduction 84

Infertility and preconception care 84

Stress, anxiety and panic attacks; tiredness and insomnia 88

Nausea and vomiting; hypersalivation 91

Headaches and migraine; neck pain 98

Heartburn and indigestion 99

Constipation 100

Haemorrhoids 101

Backache, sciatica and symphysis pubis discomfort 104

Oedema and carpal tunnel syndrome 107

Sinus congestion 110

Breech presentation 110

Chapter 5 Structural Reflex Zone Therapy for Labour 113

Introduction 113

Pain relief in labour 114

Estimation of the onset of labour with reflex zone therapy 116

Induction and acceleration of labour 117

Retained placenta 123

Chapter 6 Structural Reflex Zone Therapy for the Puerperium 126

Introduction 126

Psycho-emotional recovery from birth 128

Musculoskeletal system 131

Uterus and retained products of conception 134

Pelvic floor 135

Kidneys, bladder and micturition 138

Gastrointestinal tract and defaecation 142

Lactation and breastfeeding 143

References, further reading and sources of information 147

Glossary of terms 155

Appendices 158

1 Suggested treatment sequence for reflex zone therapy relaxation 158

2 Manipulative techniques for structural reflex zone therapy 159

3 Structural reflex zone therapy for pregnancy 161

4 Structural reflex zone therapy for labour 163

5 Structural reflex zone therapy for the puerperium 165

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