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Hyperhidrosis: A Therapeutic Reflexology Perspective

Hyperhidrosis is a condition of sweaty feet and sweaty hands that will be considered in today’s post from a Therapeutic Reflexology perspective.

 

People sweat to cool the body down and it is natural to sweat during exercise or excessively hot temperatures, but hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating irrespective of temperature and exercise.  It may be general over the entire body or it may be localised to specific body parts like the feet, hands, armpits, scalp, or groin.

 

There may be various reasons why people experience hyperhidrosis ranging from stress and anxiety to severe causes like cancer, endocrine disease, or infection, to hereditary or genetic tendencies, to idiopathic causes, or in other words, there may be no specific cause and the cause of hyperhidrosis may be unknown.

 

People with hyperhidrosis may sweat excessively while people that do not suffer from hyperhidrosis, may not sweat at all during similar conditions.

 

People dealing with hyperhidrosis often have a pale complexion and usually experiences some form of social anxiety or distress, especially when thinking about how others may react to the excessive sweating, which is often experienced as embarrassment, especially when the excessive sweating is located in the palm of the hands or where it may be visible.

 

Hyperhidrosis can appear in different forms of severity ranging from too much sweating in a specific area to constantly feeling wet in those areas to literally dripping moisture in specific areas.

 

When hyperhidrosis is present, it is always a good idea to see a diagnostic practitioner for a diagnosis and possibly determining the underlying cause, especially to rule out any serious illness or underlying conditions.  It is not always possible to determine a root cause and sometimes hyperhidrosis is present without a specific cause that can be determined.  Treatment may vary ranging from a change in lifestyle factors like losing weight to changing diet and the removal of heat-causing foods in the diet, to the use of medication or topical applications, to surgery.

 

Wearing cotton is helpful as it absorbs excess moisture and may help to reduce visible symptoms.  It is important to remain hygienic to avoid unpleasant body odours as a result of excessive sweating.

 

By doing all the above, some people may still experience quite excessive sweating that may cause emotional distress and anxiety, especially amidst social interaction.

 

As a Therapeutic Reflexologist, I have worked with numerous patients that experienced hyperhidrosis in different forms of severity and one of the most common questions I’m asked, is:

 

Do you work with patients that have excessively sweaty feet?  The answer to this question is, YES!  I work with any person with any condition and do not discriminate.  The underlying question is usually whether it will cause the Therapeutic Reflexologist discomfort that may lead to embarrassment of the patient.  As a Therapeutic Reflexologist, I can assure you that it is not a problem and I work with people with hyperhidrosis in different forms of severity.  As a professional healthcare provider, I have everything needed in the practice to deal with whatever happens and you will never feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your condition.  Do not let hyperhidrosis prevent you from benefitting from Therapeutic Reflexology.

 

Therapeutic Reflexology is a formally regulated and registered healthcare modality in South Africa offering non-invasive therapy that assists the body to heal itself, or at least attempts to balance itself from the inside out.  Homeostasis or balancing of the body is often needed when hyperhidrosis is present due to the excessive accumulation of moisture in specific parts of the body.  Therapeutic Reflexology has the potential to assist you to experience relief, but it should be noted that each person reacts differently to Therapeutic Reflexology and where one person may experience huge improvements of hyperhidrosis, the next person may not experience large improvements.  However, Therapeutic Reflexology usually improves the quality of life of the person irrespective of whether the condition of hyperhidrosis improves or not, but it is a non-invasive form of therapy that is worth a try.

 

Make your appointment for a Therapeutic Reflexology appointment regardless of whether you have hyperhidrosis or not; you will not regret it and you will never be made to feel self-conscious.  Therapeutic Reflexologists are there to reduce your anxiety and stress, not to add to it in any form.  The Therapeutic Reflexologist is a professional healthcare provider, so rest assured that you will be treated with dignity and respect at all times while providing you with a therapy that you deserve to experience.

 

References

Porter, R.S. (Ed.) (2011) The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.  19th Edition.  Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

 

Sharma, R. (2002) The Family Encyclopedia of Health.  London: Thorsons.

Christo A. Scheepers: Therapeutic Reflexologist

Dip.T.R.(Cum Laude) [IARAMT]

AHPCSA:  A11945

Pr. No.: 1080000737453

Tel. 072-800 7243

www.christoscheepers.co.za

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