Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth

By

  • Denise Tiran, MSc ADM PGCEA RM RGN MSc ADM PGCEA RM RGN, Educational Director, Expectancy; Visiting Lecturer, University of Greenwich, London, UK Educational Director, Expectancy Ltd; Visiting Lecturer, University of Greenwich, London, UK

 

Book information

  • Published: January 2010
  • Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3110-6


Table of Contents

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

Appendices

  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