Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth book cover

Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth

Paperback, 256 Pages

Published: January 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3110-6


  • Chapter 1 Theoretical Background to Structural Reflex Zone Therapy

    • Introduction to reflexology
    • Mechanism of action of reflexology
    • Types of reflexology
    • Reflex zone therapy
    • Introducing Structural Reflex Zone Therapy
    • The evidence-base for reflexology
    • Conclusion


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

    • Aims of Structural RZT in pregnancy and childbirth
    • Professional issues for midwives and reflexologists
    • Preparation for treating pregnant and childbearing women with Structural RZT
    • Contraindications and precautions
    • Structural RZT treatment sequence
    • Reactions to treatment


    Chapter 3 Reflex zones used in Structural Reflex Zone therapy for maternity care

    • Relaxation points
    • Pituitary gland
    • Reproductive organs
    • Diagnostic potential of the reflex zones for the reproductive organs
    • Head and neck
    • Musculoskeletal system
    • Lymphatic system
    • Renal tract
    • Gastrointestinal tract
    • Endocrine system
    • Hepato-biliary system
    • Cardio-respiratory system


    Chapter 4 Structural Reflex zone therapy for pregnancy

    • Introduction
    • Infertility and preconception care
    • Stress, anxiety and panic attacks; tiredness and insomnia
    • Nausea and vomiting, hyper-salivation
    • Headaches and migraine; neck pain
    • Heartburn and indigestion
    • Constipation
    • Haemorrhoids
    • Backache, sciatica and symphysis pubis discomfort
    • Oedema and carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Sinus congestion
    • Breech presentation


    Chapter 5 Structural Reflex zone therapy for labour

    • Introduction
    • Pain relief in labour
    • Estimation of the onset of labour with RZT
    • Induction and acceleration of labour
    • Retained placenta


    Chapter 6 Structural Reflex zone therapy for the puerperium

    • Introduction
    • Psycho-emotional recovery from birth
    • Musculoskeletal system
    • Uterus and retained products of conception
    • Pelvic floor
    • Kidneys, bladder and micturition
    • Gastrointestinal tract and defaecation
    • Lactation and breastfeeding


    References, further reading and sources of information

    Glossary of terms


    1. Suggested treatment sequence for RZT relaxation
    2. Manipulative techniques for Structural reflex zone therapy
    3. Structural Reflex zone therapy for pregnancy
    4. Structural Reflex zone therapy for labour
    5. Structural Reflex zone therapy for the puerperium


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