Welcome to the Podiatry Arena forums

You are currently viewing our podiatry forum as a guest which gives you limited access to view all podiatry discussions and access our other features. By joining our free global community of Podiatrists and other interested foot health care professionals you will have access to post podiatry topics (answer and ask questions), communicate privately with other members, upload content, view attachments, receive a weekly email update of new discussions, access other special features. Registered users do not get displayed the advertisements in posted messages. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our global Podiatry community today!

  1. Everything that you are ever going to want to know about running shoes: Running Shoes Boot Camp Online, for taking it to the next level? See here for more.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Have you considered the Critical Thinking and Skeptical Boot Camp, for taking it to the next level? See here for more.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Have you considered the Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camp Online, for taking it to the next level? See here for more.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Have you considered the Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camp Online, for taking it to the next level? See here for more.
Dismiss Notice
Have you liked us on Facebook to get our updates? Please do. Click here for our Facebook page.
Dismiss Notice
Do you get the weekly newsletter that Podiatry Arena sends out to update everybody? If not, click here to organise this.

Reflexology author

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by kevinkunz, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. kevinkunz

    kevinkunz Member


    Members do not see these Ads. Sign Up.
    Hello Podiatry Forum,

    My name is Kevin Kunz. I am the co-author of 11 books on reflexology in 19 languages.

    I have a great deal of respect for podiatry and feel it is underrated as a medical science.

    I was drawn to the Podiatry Forum because a lively debate on reflexology. I feel reflexology is a complement to podiatry rather than an alternative to it.

    All the best,

    Kevin Kunz

    http://www.reflexology-research.com
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 23, 2008
  2. laurenswaha11

    laurenswaha11 Member

    Hello Kevin and welcome to the forum...I hope you find some great information, and I look forward to chatting with you!
     
  3. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    Hi Kevin you certainly have been busy. Where are you based,work from etc. It is good to have a few more details about yourself if you are OK with that. You will certainly see some lively debates.

    Peer reviewed research is also a hot topic, look forward to your additions there:D

    Cheers
     
  4. kevinkunz

    kevinkunz Member

    Hi Heather. A few more details. Barbara, my wife and myself co-authored these books. We have been doing reflexology for over thirty-two years. It hasn't been easy.

    We were "put out of business" for 5 years, we have threaten with arrest, our books have been threaten with being banned and a host of other things.

    When we started out in reflexology no one knew the term. Now we are surprised when they don't know about it.

    We are into research. There is a lot of research on reflexology including double blinded randomized controlled studies. There are a lot of studies on Medline.

    We postulate that reflexology works within the nervous system. The application of pressure stimulates the proprioceptors. The stimulation is reiterative in nature and causes a signal that is mediated by the brain. There are no direct links to the organs themselves.

    We also postulated that the reiterative patterns displayed throughout the body have to do with survival. Feedback is gathered from our environment and in turn information is feedforward to the muscles to cause a shift in the allostatic load. It is reflexology's ability to cause a shift in allostasis which we believe causes the body to begin the healing process.

    Feet are obviously important to survival and provide important information to the ANS. The requirements of locomotion demand integration of foot, brain and internal organs. Shoes and flat modern surfaces provide a homogenous signal which causes considerable stress on the system.

    I am a great believer in foot health and have always felt podiatrists play an important part in overall health of the individual.

    And I love lively debates.

    All the best,

    Kevin Kunz

    Reflexology Research Project
     
  5. layla17

    layla17 Member

    Great to meet you Kevin. I'm Layla... it's great to have you here.
     
  6. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    :eek: You certainly have had a rough trott.
    Thanks for the further info, I will have to do some searching on medline(in my spare time? not sure what that is but I am told it is good to have)
    Sorry joking with myself.:eek:
    Congratulaltions on your efforts and I do look forward to your input:drinks
    Where are you based? sorry if I missed this in your post

    Cheers
     
  7. kevinkunz

    kevinkunz Member

    Thanks for all your good wishes. We have tried to put reflexology studies up online. We post both positive and negative studies. http://www.reflexology-research.com/Abstracts.html We are working on a document exploring research in depth.

    I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico and until recently I practiced in Santa Fe.

    We are at present in a pitched battle with the BBC over a rather biased show about reflexology. I have gained a rather interesting insight from this debate. Western Science views the foot as some type of neutral object somewhat like a set of wheels on a cart. They don't see the tie into the rest of the body much less the communication with the internal organs.

    Recently there was an article in the London times about the first barefoot park in England. "The notion that there are connections between the feet and other areas of the body have no foundation in anatomy or physiology," says Dr Hilary Macqueen, a senior health lecturer at the Open University.

    I was astonished to say the least. I think they believe this.

    Cheers,

    Kevin Kunz
     
  8. Itchyfeet

    Itchyfeet Member

    Hi Kevin

    I actually have one of your books which I still refer to!
     
  9. kevinkunz

    kevinkunz Member

    Hi Itchyfeet,

    That is nice to hear. Thank you. There are more books on the way. We have been focused on research. There are some really interesting studies.

    All the best,

    Kevin Kunz
     
  10. drsarbes

    drsarbes Well-Known Member

    Hi Kevin:

    "We also postulated that the reiterative patterns displayed throughout the body have to do with survival. Feedback is gathered from our environment and in turn information is feedforward to the muscles to cause a shift in the allostatic load. It is reflexology's ability to cause a shift in allostasis which we believe causes the body to begin the healing process. "

    This is a mouth full loaded with assumptions and generalities.

    To start: What neurological pathways are these repetitive stimuli using (that other stimuli are not) and exactly what central nervous system elements are translating this input and somehow deciding that there is a "need" for "healing" and then actually carrying it out.
    And what exactly is so different from your "stimuli" that brings about all these "healing" powers of the vertebrate physiology?

    Thank you

    Steve
     
  11. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    Hi, perhaps we could mopve this discussion to another forum so as those who do nto check out the intro's can jpin in as well?
    Jut an thought

    Cheers
     
  12. kevinkunz

    kevinkunz Member

    that would be fine with me. I was just going to reply. Where do I go with my reply? Thanks.

    Kevin Kunz
     
  13. claire

    claire Member

    :welcome:Hi Kevin,
    Welcome aboard.
    Claire
     
Loading...

Share This Page