Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shingles +reflexology

© 2006, John Pozniak

I had a client come in yesterday with a new case of shingles.Her shingles were on her abdomen and look quite irritated and active. The shingles were very painful to her.

I have only worked on one other person with shingles. I had had success in turning the reaction back. But would it work again?

Here is a little about shingles from Wikipedia if you aren't familiar with it.

"Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a localized area.[1][2] Typically the rash occurs in a single stripe either on the left or right of the body or face.[3] Two to four days before the rash occurs there may be tingling or local pain in the area.[3][4] Otherwise there are typically few symptoms.[3] The rash usually heals within two to four weeks;[1] however, some people develop ongoing nerve painwhich can last for months or years, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia."

 I had found a very distinct stress cue long the spinal reiterative area. It was quite pronounced about half way down the foot. As I worked on it I could feel it breaking up. Eventually it was flatten out.

I also worked on a part of the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve has the impact of being anti-inflammatory.

At the end of the session the shingles no longer looked irritated and in fact looked like they were receding.

I am kicking myself for not taking before and after pictures. There difference was quite dramatic. Well next time...


Amit Singh said...

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Kevin Kunz said...

Follow up. Although you can still see the area on my client she no longer feels the effects. The area is fading visually. Definitely needs research. I did find a stress cue midway down the spinal reflex area matching up approximately with the dermatome involved.

Tim Kalantjakos said...

Great insights here, thank you for sharing. I particularly enjoy this post's perspective because it provides a clear, objective response to "conventional medicine's" constant scrutiny:

Isolate the dermatome, get on the vagus nerve, parasympathetic response, BOOM the power of Christ compels you...

Ok, I'm not a licensed reflexologist, but I am a licensed myofascial release specialist, so pardon the above oversimplification.

Point being, while we shouldn't have to pander, we in the holistic arts must constantly elbow for authority, and when you can speak the inquisitor's language it does wonders for appeasement!! So bravo for the excellent content, it helps greatly in my studies.

-Tim from