There are various issues with your feet and heels, including plantar fasciitis, that can be painful, and reflexology may be a treatment option you want to consider. A trained reflexologist works the points on the feet and applies pressure using massage techniques to help ease pain. Reflexology is not a medical treatment. If you are on medication or receiving medical treatment, be sure to continue. You might also want to consult your physician before undergoing reflexology.

Reflexology is different from traditional massage therapy. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, massage works on the muscles to help relax tension, and therapists use kneading, rubbing and other techniques to loosen the muscles so that they don't pull as tightly on the joints. Reflexology takes it further by working the pressure points in the feet that are associated with the body. Those who believe in reflexology find that it is effective for relieving the symptoms of painful conditions in the feet and heels, such as heel spurs.

Reflexology sessions typically last between 30 and 60 minutes. Before you go in for a session, you should make sure that you are going to be comfortable having your feet elevated for that time and that you discuss your symptoms and medical treatment with the reflexologist so that she is aware of your health history.

The specific effects that reflexology can have on conditions featuring foot and heel pain are unknown. However, people have been receiving reflexology treatments as a complementary form of holistic medicine for years, and according to, reflexology has been proven to be effective against pain and stress in the body. The benefits of receiving a reflexology treatment can vary, depending on the particular condition that is present and the course of treatment that is followed. Some of the most noticeable differences that you may be able to feel from the session include release of tension, relaxation and ease of tenderness in the affected area.

Choosing the right reflexologist for your needs is important. As with any type of treatment that you receive, you want to feel comfortable and able to relax. You also want to be able to trust that your practitioner is competent and well-trained in what he is doing. Different states have different regulations regarding certification to practice reflexology, but the American Reflexology Certification Board offers national certification to practitioners and also offers a database of certified reflexologists for clients to search.

As with any form of holistic healing, reflexology is not used to treat or diagnose medical conditions. It can be used as a form of pain reduction and relaxation aid when done properly. If you receive reflexology sessions on a regular basis, you can expect to experience reduced symptoms and less pain in the area that is sore.

Author's Bio: 

Kristi Abbott, owner of BodySava Yoga and Reflexology in Fargo, ND works with clients who have heel and foot pain.