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09-23-2006, 01:05 AM
A few weeks ago I gave myself a treat and went and got a massage.

While massaging my feet the guy mentioned concern. Apparently he’s been trained in reflexology. (the feet are connected to everything in the body)

He said there was tenderness in the spot of my foot that represents the kidneys and bladder. He asked if I had a bladder infection. When i said no he said “the feet don’t lie”.

So, I have a few questions here.

#1) Has anyone ever been diagnosed my reflexology?

#2) Who handles it? Should I start at a GP? If not what specialist does this?

#3) What questions should I ask? (I’ll admit I feel a little weird going into a doctor’s office and saying “a masseuse said he can tell by my feet there’s something wrong”)

#4) If anyone’s been through this, what is involved? I have pretty decent insurance and far a check ups and doctor visits. But it could be a problem if this is going to involve extensive test and/ or lab work.




Vixynne Rose
09-23-2006, 01:45 PM
:thinking: Hmmm, maybe it's my inner skeptic popping up here, but if you're asymptomatic, feeling fine (no fever, no symptoms of kidney trouble), I don't know if I'd rush out to the doctor just yet...though I know many people swear by homeopathy!

Any nurses/medical Wenchfolk (or Roguefolk, for that matter) have insights here?

09-23-2006, 04:50 PM
everyone i've known to have a bladder infection has had symptons (example mild fever, frequent urination, urgent need to pee all the time, and burning urination)... if you had a tender spot on your foot, it might just be that you have a stressed tendon or something in your foot...
i had a reflexology session once, as a throw-in to an (otherwise excellent) massage, and she pushed the part of my foot that was supposed to relieve stress and reduce shoulder tension, and all she did was pinch a fucking nerve in my foot.

Lis Elfwench
09-23-2006, 10:02 PM
A similar thing happened to my grandmother a couple months back. She went to have it checked out, and there was nothing whatever the matter with her. She never went back to the reflexologist! :lol:

09-24-2006, 02:18 AM
Ok, so as a massage therapist.. I can tell you that LMT's and CMT's are not to diagnose. We aren't doctors.

If a massage client complains of issues we can't help with, we can suggest our client see a doctor, but we never suggest an illness or disease.

It's all about liabilty and covering ones ass. Oh, yeah.. and we're not doctors.

If you are really concerned and can't visit your doctor, stop by your local drug store and get a UTI/bladder infection test. You can get them on the same isle as AZO and OTC bladder infection drugs. You piddle on the stick and it'll tell you if you have one. It's like a PG test. Your regular Doctor can tell you if you have a bladder infection too (they use pretty much the same test). I've had 20 in the past 2 years. they'll give you one of a few different antibiotics for probably 5-7 days if you have one. If you are allergic to penicillin, there are sulfas that work great.

I get the same kind of "spots" of tenderness on my feet- all over my feet. It doesn't mean I am riddled with disease, it means I stand on my feet alot.

A bladder infection needs to be taken care of soon, if left untreated it can lead to a kidney infection (and those hurt like a mo fo)- but it takes a while, you feel awful and you know you are *sick*.