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Are the feet really "connected" to the body?

Asked by abysmalbeauty (2734points) October 16th, 2011

Many people practice reflexology as a way to relieve stress, pain, and illness. My question is, if the feet are connected to the body in this manner, can an ache on the foot not caused by an obvious reason (such as a stubbed toe or whatnot) indicate an underlying health problem?

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Mantralantis's avatar

Well, I do…especially when they’re cold!

downtide's avatar

I wouldn;t normally believe it but I had an interesting reflexology experience a few years ago. Someone talked me into trying it out; I didn’t really want to because I don’t believe in stuff like that. Anyway, this woman was feeling my feet and sort of pressing different parts, and one part made me yelp and nearly leap off the chair. She looked at me worried and asked “Do you have any bladder problems?” That made me laugh because I’d been sitting there dying for a pee and hoping she’d just hurry up and let me go.

dabbler's avatar

Our nervous systems are vastly interconnected and the practice of reflexology reflects that.
I think some claims of mechanism and results of reflexology are lacking in completeness but there’s something going on there.
I do know that a good footrub can make you feel good all over !

snowberry's avatar

Short answer: Yes. I don’t have any experiences to tell you, but I know it works.

wundayatta's avatar

Sure it could. Pains in many parts of your body could indicate root causes in some other part of the body. It’s called referred pain.

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