Inspection, Assessment & Characteristics of the feet
Temperature, static build up, muscle tone, tissue tone and skin condition should all be noted as this gives a comprehensive view of the client.
- Cold, bluish or reddish feet indicate poor circulation
- Feet that perspire indicate a glandular imbalance
- Dry skin could indicate poor circulation
- Callouses corns and bunions should be noted – these impede the natural source of circulation so resulting in possible injury to organs dependent upon this particular source for its nerve energy
- Flat feet are related to rigid spine, indicating that the person is not very supple and could have lower back pain
- A highly curved arch or curved spine reflex can indicate a problem with the upper part of the body or lung area
- Heel is the pelvic area. Many women have cracks to their heel just prior to a hysterectomy which often heal naturally after the operation
- Care must be taken with infectious diseases – should be covered with a plaster e.g. verrucas
- Swelling and puffiness – especially around the ankles can relate to internal problems
- Tense feet indicate tense body – limp feet – poor muscular tone
At the first visit a complete assessment of all the reflex zones is made as the findings of the first assessment govern all future treatment.
Inspection is made of the following:
- The temperature of both feet
- Any musculo-skeletal malformation or abnormality of the longitudinal arches, and of the toes
- Changes is tissue tone e.g. venous or lymphatic congestion, oedema
- Any abnormal skin conditions such as callouses, corns, skin disorders & diseases, nail deformities or change in skin colour or texture
The purpose of the assessment is to discover which reflex zones are in need of treatment. Thus they are systematically palpated to see whether either pain, discomfort, absence of sensation are present. A sensitive locality on the foot will give information as to which corresponding organ or tissue of the body has a complaint, dysfunction or illness which can be looked for. However, it tells us nothing of the cause, duration or nature of the illness.
When crystalline deposits form on the soles of the feet, it shows that the corresponding organ has suffered trauma and lacks the proper circulation and muscular action necessary to keep sending the blood to particular extremities of the feet with sufficient force to prevent a formation of crystals. These are then responsible for tenderness in the corresponding nerve ending which gradually increases so continuing to impede the normal circulation.
As this condition continues over a period of days, weeks, month and even years, we weaken the normal functions of any affected organ i.e. the liver – results may be jaundice, diabetes, gall stones, atrophy, sclerosis, constipation. As we continue working with firm creeping pressure, deep into the sensitive reflex where these crystals are formed, we are able to dissolve them, lessening the obstruction so that the natural circulation can be restored.