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Foot Reflexology : Supporting patients during cancer therapies

Foot reflexology can be a valuable support for people with cancer. It absolutely does not replace medical treatment, which remains the responsibility of the medical profession, but it offers significant relief from the side effects of treatments, thus improving the quality of life for patients.

According to various sources such as the Cancer Foundation (Luxembourg), the Breast Group (CHL), the Elsan Cancer Institute (Paris-Nord), or the League Against Cancer, foot reflexology is recognized for alleviating a wide range of symptoms associated with cancer and heavy treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

    Among these beneficial effects are the reduction of muscle, joint, and neuropathic pains, headaches, sleep disorders, digestive/abdominal disorders, as well as fatigue and anxiety. On the other hand, it "helps decrease hypersensitivity, numbness, or the 'cardboard effect' felt in the feet."

    These results have been confirmed by studies such as "The Effect of Reflexology on Chemotherapy-induced Nausea, Vomiting, and Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients" or "The effects of foot reflexology on anxiety and pain in patients with breast and lung cancer".

    The recommended rhythm is one session between each treatment, or at least every two to three weeks, in order to optimize the beneficial effects of this practice. Each session will be adapted according to the symptoms experienced by the patient.

    By acting on the autonomic and lymphatic nervous systems, foot reflexology relieves physical and emotional symptoms, thus providing support throughout cancer treatment. Reflexology does not cure the disease, but it plays an role in helping patients to live better with the disease and its treatments, thereby enhancing their overall well-being.

    Supporting the life force throughout this period of vulnerability, soothing the patient, offering them a moment of relaxation, and contributing to their well-being.

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