The first meeting with an AdRx practitioner is an opportunity to explore whether AdRx might be a suitable treatment for you. If so, you may elect to receive an AdRx foot treatment ? usually of short duration – in order to experience the effect of AdRx before proceeding with a course of treatments. The majority of the first meeting will involve you and your practitioner discussing your symptoms and medical history in detail. This may be followed by a physical examination of the painful areas of your body, although this is not always required, and a touching and manipulation of your feet if appropriate. New rehabilitation exercises are not usually introduced in the first session in order to isolate the effects of the AdRx foot treatment so both you and the practitioner can determine whether it is appropriate to proceed with a course.
“I was feeling rather jaded from seeing other practitioners without much benefit. However, my first AdRx consultation was different to any other. Describing my medical history felt like a genuine dialogue. My AdRx practitioner really challenged me ? she asked questions I had not been asked before and she interpreted my chequered history in a new way that felt coherent. I now felt optimistic that AdRx could identify and address the underlying cause of my pain as well as the symptoms, so I decided to give it a go.” – Helen (36), with functional scoliosis as a result of a rowing injury
Different people respond in different ways to AdRx so your practitioner will proceed with your first treatment in a way that may feel particularly cautious and understated. For some people, AdRx can result in higher levels of pain for 24 ? 48 hours after treatment, which may correlate with the well-documented inflammatory changes which take place in normal healing processes. However, as shown in the graph, this increase in discomfort tends to be followed by a sustained reduction in pain as the structural reformation and neurological recovery which AdRx appears to generate become embedded.
“When experiencing my first AdRx foot treatment I was hopeful but sceptical that it could have any real impact on the pain in my back. I was surprised at how short and simple the treatment was. Some of the points on my feet did hurt when the physio pressed them with her fingers, but it was easily bearable. The next day I felt a level of mobility that I had not experienced for decades and had completely forgotten.” – Helen
Your AdRx practitioner will initially predict what is to be the likely outcome from a course of AdRx treatments. Most people can expect to have the underlying cause of their pain addressed and symptoms relieved by 50-95% over a course of 4-6 treatments ? improvements which are often sustained for months and even years after treatment ceases. For some people just one treatment is all that is required. For others, AdRx may not be safe or appropriate ? for example if you have certain serious illnesses – and if this applies to you, your practitioner will be upfront with you about it.
“Since (completing the treatment), my need for treatment has significantly decreased. In the last four years I have only had three sessions to treat my back. Each session has been 100% successful and follows the pattern of: treatment, no immediate improvement and then complete recovery of mobility over a few days.
So what’s it like four years later? I continue to swim about a mile a week and cycle about 8 miles. My mobility is excellent and I have no pain. In spite of my original misgivings, Adapted Reflextherapy guarantees me a total solution; restoring mobility and freeing me from pain. I cannot talk more highly of the technique.” Liz Nankivell, with idiopathic scoliosis. Read article.
The foot treatment involves your practitioner using especially developed AdRx hand-holds on your bare feet and may occasionally involve the use of a small hand-held wooden targeting tool to reach particular reflex points deep within the foot. AdRx practitioners understand pain and how hard it can be to remain still in one position, so every effort is made to ensure you are comfortable. The duration of each hands-on treatment may only be 2 -3 minutesto start with and can increase to up 25 minutes as your recovery progresses. The pressure applied to the foot during AdRx is always targeted and definite, it should never feel ?tickly?, and the depth of pressure will grow as your condition improves. Some people experience sensations in other parts of their body while their feet are being treated. For others, no such correlation is apparent until afterwards when they experience the relief of symptoms.
“When I receive the AdRx treatment, it is like Gunnel is switching the lights on in different parts of my body. I often get a warm or tingly sensation in areas of my neck and back. After my treatment I am like a different person, the relief from the pain is so welcome.” – Sue, who lives with chronic pain