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[Subterm of Manipulative therapies]

Reflex therapy or Reflexology refers to a therapeutic method that uses manual pressure applied to specific anatomic zones that are known to communicate with specific anatomic areas of the body enabling treatment of specific physical disorders. The organs, muscles and other components of each half of the body are believed to be represented at the foot on that side, primarily on the sole (but also on the dorsum, heel and toes). Other areas of representation are found on the hands and ears.  Bodily functions can be influenced by stimulating these areas with pressure or massage thus activating a reflex mechanism involving nerves or meridians. Reflexology may be used together with other techniques. Other therapies that use the concept of correspondence to parts of the body include acupuncture techniques such as Auricular therapy and Korean hand acupuncture.