Reflexology Calms a Distressed Heart

A couple of weeks ago, I rushed my son to the emergency room with terrible abdominal pain and violent vomiting. He had some pain on his right side; thankfully a CAT scan confirmed that it was not his appendix. After a six-hour ordeal, the doctor decided it was either food poisoning or a viral “stomach bug.”

But my son was dehydrated, and they started him on IV fluids. (He was so dehydrated, they had trouble getting the catheter in a vein in his arm. So they used a small ultrasound machine to help locate a vein too far below the surface to see or palpate. That was pretty cool to watch!)

And maybe because he was dehydrated and frightened, his heart rate was too high. Even after resting for a few hours, his heart rate hovered between 105-110, even jumping to 114 for no apparent reason. The doctor said it had to be below 100 for him to be released.

They brought in an inflatable cover for the IV bag to squeeze it, to help get fluids in him faster. After another hour, his heart rate still would not budge below 105.

So I thought, here I am sitting right next to his left hand, and this is not the arm that has the IV in it. What would happen if I did reflexology on his hand? The heart reflex area is in the left hand—maybe I could support his heart through his hand reflex.

I asked his permission, and I started gently working on the heart reflex—press, release, press, release, nice alternating pressure, slow and rhythmic. 

In less than a minute, his heart rate dropped to 99. 

I left the heart reflex and did some “relaxation techniques” on his whole hand. His heart rate jumped back up to 105. I did some work on his central nervous system reflexes, thinking maybe that would be calming. No effect on the number. I went back to the heart reflex area—heart rate dropped to 99. 

I gently worked the whole surface of his hand just for good measure. Each time I went back to the heart reflex area, his heart rate would drop to 97-99. It was so consistent, that the nurse came in a few minutes later and started to disconnect the IV. “We’ve been watching your numbers from the other room,” she said. “Your heart rate has been under 100 for several minutes now, and the doctor says you’re good to go.”

She couldn’t see that I had been working on his hand, and I didn’t tell her. I was just happy that he got to come home to his own bed to recover. Which he did, with a few days of rest, broth and Jell-O and popsicles. 

Will reflexology provide such a dramatic, positive result in every situation? Probably not. Believe me, if my son had needed to have his appendix removed, we would have opted for surgery, not reflexology on the appendix reflex!! 

But reflexology IS—always—supportive of our health and helpful in getting our bodies to function optimally. And when you can see the evidence of that measured on hospital monitors, it’s very validating!

Category : Blog &Health &Reflexology Posted on February 20, 2019

2 Comments → “Reflexology Calms a Distressed Heart”

  1. Gail Lanning
    1 year ago

    Very detailed and user friendly website. I would like to experience lymphatic massage from you. Will definitely make an appointment for all your healing services when in St. Augustine.


  2. Myra
    1 year ago

    I have a client who had to wear a heart halter for a few days. One of those days happened to be on her reflexology treatment day. She did not tell the dr and when he read the results he asked what she had been doing at one particular point. It was during her treatment. Her heart rate was slow and steady during her treatment and for 3 hours after! He said to continue with it! Lol


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