New year, new posts! My first is all about reflex points.
If you are a patient of mine, chances are you have a reflex point (or two, or three...) worked on almost every time you come in. Today I want to tell you all about Neurolymphatic Reflex Points, one of the most common reflex point systems I use.
Neurolymphatic Reflex Points were discovered in the 1930's by an osteopathic doc named Dr. Frank Chapman. He noted palpably tender points throughout the body which correlated with certain symptoms, organ/gland issues, and muscles. The more chronically active and severe the reflex point, the worse the tenderness.
With stimulation of the reflex point, usually with a rotary massage for 30-60 secs, or longer if necessary, there will be a dramatic improvement and strengthening of the associated weak muscle which correlates to the reflex point.
By treating neurolymphatic reflex points, we increase and improve lymph (waste) drainage from the associated muscle and organ/gland. This stimulates and strengthens the immune system, and releases toxins from the muscles, tissues and organs. It both strengthens and relaxes certain associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia (connective tissue). For example, working on the TFL (tensor fascia latae) muscles related neurolymphatic point strengthens the TFL, can relax the adductors, and boosts the large intestine. Working neurolymphatic reflex points also has a parasympathetic boosting effect and therefore promotes relaxation throughout the entire nervous system. This then energizes the body, promotes oxygenation to the brain and tissues, and releases natural endorphins. It stimulates the vagus nerve, thus enhancing digestion, healing, sleep, and a sense of peacefulness.
I often work reflex points before performing adjustments, which I find to then "seal" the work done on the points and the changes made in the body.
As you can see, the benefits of incorporating Chapman's Neurolymphatic Reflex Points into our holistic chiropractic treatments are far-reaching! Whatever we work on always effects so much more than what may be seen on the surface.
Stay tuned for a post all about Neurovascular reflexes next week! And happy 2020!
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