Reflexology Treatment for Prostatitis
What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an alternative treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). This ancient healing art is based on the concept that the body is divided into different zones and if you apply pressure to one area of a zone, you can relieve pain and symptoms somewhere else in the same zone.
Even though practitioners and Websites for reflexology say that reflexology helps relieve prostate pain, there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims. If you are interested in trying drug-free ways to try to relieve pain, reflexology may be helpful and should not cause any side effects. Plus it is said to help with relaxation and stress relief. As stress-related tension is one of the causes of CP/CPPS, reflexology may help with that.
How Does Reflexology Treatment for Prostatitis Work?
There are reflexologists who are trained in reflexology, but it is important to note that they are not physicians and have no required formal training. If you decide to use a reflexologist, find out if he or she has received at least 200 hours of instruction and is certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board. The reflexologist will use stretches, pressure, and movements to manipulate your reflex points. The session may last 30 minutes to 1 hour and should help you feel relaxed. If anything is uncomfortable you should let them know.
One of the conveniences of reflexology treatment for prostatitis is that you can treat yourself or have a partner help you. You can do it at home or anywhere. This of course means knowing the correct spots, called reflex points to treat. For treating CP/CPPS pain you would want to apply pressure to the zone that includes the groin. Those reflex points for the prostate include the back of the foot where the leg meets the foot and the back of the hands just beyond the wrist on the thumb side.
You can consult a reflexology chart to find the exact locations and instructions, but generally, the prostate points on the feet are an inch below the anklebone. You pinch the base of each heel with the thumb and forefinger. Apply steady and firm pressure. After that use a milking motion, slowly moving from the base of your heel toward your anklebone. Do this few a few minutes two to three times daily.
Other Alternative Treatments for Prostatitis
There are many other natural and alternative treatments for prostatitis that have more research behind them than reflexology. Some men find relief with prostate massage, trigger point release therapy, physiotherapy, or acupuncture. Men whose CP/CPPS symptoms are related to stress might find more relieve with stress management techniques as well as stress-relieving exercises such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi. Whatever path you choose, you need to be patient with your progress. Most men find relief through trying several different treatments for their prostatitis.