Day 90

Resource of the week

Reflexology

In the first few weeks after the accident the lack of sensation particularly in my feet and legs was very disconcerting. As a result I would ask people to rub/poke/scratch my feet and legs so that I could get some sensory feedback from them. I have spoken before about the importance of working on sensory as well as motor function. In the very early days of course sensory work is all you can do as you wait impatiently for some movement to return. I was lucky that Lois and Caroline (brothers GF) aren’t squeamish because even I wouldn’t have gone near my mangled feet back then. Now on the other hand, after three months of no rugby and a lot of moisturiser they are simply delightful… or bearable…. can’t remember what Lois said, lets go with delightful.

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Caroline informed me of the benefits that she had experienced previously with reflexology and I was keen to give anything a go. There are 14000 nerve endings in your feet and the thinking behind reflexology is that by applying pressure and massaging certain areas of the feet you can help heal the connected parts of the body. Fortunately one of my step mums friends used to do it professionally and offered to help out. Tracey has been in to do an hour almost every week and although sceptical at first, I’m now a believer. I’ve renamed her the white witch because of her uncanny ability to tell me things about previous injuries, upcoming colds and other weird stuff that she couldn’t possibly have known prior, just by rubbing my feet.

You can’t be sure which areas of your rehab are having the major effects on your recovery and that’s why I like to try as many things as possible. It may be just time acting as the healer but since I have been doing reflexology with Tracey I have seen significant improvements, particularly with sensation. Give it all a go if you can, because you never know what really holds the key. 🙃

P.s. Thanks to everyone involved @theglobese1 last night 🦁.

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