Reflexology and ADD / ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADD and ADHD respectively, are neurobehavioral disorders. Signs of ADHD include hyperactivity and chronic inattention or short attention spans. Reflexology connects with the peripheral nervous system and encourages the body to relax. This in turn calms anxious behavior such as fidgeting, impulsive actions and excessive talking. Reflexology also aids in eliminating the side effects of medication - insomnia, appetite suppression, depression, headaches and stomach aches.
In May 2012 Dr Jesus Manzanares of Spain presented a study that he did with a group of 42 children. It showed that those who received stimulation specifically to the reflexes of the brain and eyes during Reflexology treatments improved in their mathematical and reading speed skills. Furthermore, the ADHD scale rating which rates a child as having ADHD if they obtain a score of 18 or more was reduced from 20 to 14 in these children. Similar results were produced in a small study conducted by a South African Therapeutic Reflexologist, Charne De Klerk in 2010 on the effectiveness of Reflexology in ADD children. The research was based on 11 children between the ages of 7 – 11 yrs. They were given 10 treatments each and their attention span & self confidence levels were recorded before & after treatments. Those on medication continued to take it during the study. The results showed that 10 of the 11 children (91%) had improved self confidence and 6 of the 11 (55%) showed improvement in their school work and their attention span during homework.