In 1889, two English doctors, Head and Mackenzie, found out that there is a relationship between an ill viscera and the skin.
They state that for a certain illness a certain part of the skin turns hypersensible.
In 1929, the physiotherapist Elisabeth Dicke noticed manifestations of a pathological phenomena in the subcutaneous tissue.
She observed modifications of the tissue of the following kinds: indurations, swelling and retraction. She developed a special technique in which the fascia is stretched and manipulated, starting with the least sensible points of the body.
She obtained surprising results in different pathologies with this method.
From 1960 on, the Institute E. Dicke for Connective Tissue Massage (Institut E. Dicke International de Bindegewebsthérapie) in Brussels carried out scientific investigation to find a justifying theory for the Reflex Zone Therapy and its applications.
We are obliged to Dr. Klein and Miss Hendrickx (Physiotherapist) for developing a method which is scientifically recognised.
Principle of neural therapies:
Every ill organ can project itself peripherally through our body via the nerve tracts reflected in a metamere (body segment). A metamere is an innervate segment of a single spinal nerve from its exit through the conjunction hole to the smallest parcel of innervate tissue.
Neural therapy acts peripherally on the body to reach the organs through the nerve tracts.
Modes of action:
With the tip of the finger, middle and ring finger, pressure is applied and the skin gets stretched which generates nervous impulse.
Through the vegetative innervation, we can work on all the functions of our organism and the vegetative regulatory centers.
Through the cerebrospinal innervation we can work from the skin on all parts of the metamere (through the transversal organisation of the nervous system) and on the superior nerve centers (through the longitudinal organisation of the nervous system).
The body reflex massage acts on:
- Medulla Oblongata: this is where their vascular motor lies, the controlling systems of the visceras and the respiratory center
- Telencephalon: this is where we find the regulator of blood volume, regulation of albumens, sugar, fat, the water metabolism, of sleep and allergies.
- Cortex and“Tuber Cinerum”: this is where the hypophysis lies, the neuro vegetative system and the endocrine system.