A chiropodist is someone trained in the treatment of minor foot disorders and who also provides general footcare advice.
A chiropody treatment includes cutting of the toenails, the removal of in-grown toenails, callouses and corns and treatment for foot ailments such as plantar warts (verrucae), athlete’s foot, sweaty feet, foot odour and dry / cracked heels.
Padding and strapping are provided where necessary. The person receiving treatment may also be referred to a podiatrist for prescription orthotics, or in-sole foot support.
In addition, a chiropodist trained in biomechanics (the study of posture and walking) is able to provide biomechanic assessment to check for flat foot, heel pain, knee pain, bunions, and other problems.
The treatment is for people of all ages. In particular, diabetics may require professional chiropody foot care.
Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment.
Professional reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which works with you holistically, so it is not possible to know in advance how you will react. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; however, as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence for us to make clinical claims of effectiveness.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.