AHPCSA Scope of Practice - Therapeutic Reflexology
The Allied Health Professions Council Scope of Practice for Reflexology state the following:
"The scope of practice of a registered Therapeutic Reflexologist (also known internationally as a Zone Therapist) shall entail the following acts, procedures and/or functions that may be performed using suitable physical, biological, psychological, social, educational and other technological means applicable to the practice of health care in primary health care situations. The following acts specifically pertain to the profession of a Therapeutic Reflexologist:
Verbal and physical assessment of a patient's health need for the purpose of evaluating the state of health.
The delivery of a treatment regime to meet the need of the patient. These acts may be inclusive of:
- taking of comprehensive case history;
- assessing the integumentary and myofascial structures;
- determining and preparing of a suitable patient-specific treatment protocol; and maintenance of comprehensive case records regarding the condition and progress of the patient in his/her care, and of all the actions performed in connection with the patient.
Application of Therapeutic Reflexology treatments by the use of hands and/or other associated Reflexology equipment with reference to the treatment and prevention of conditions of illness in any patients by:
- therapeutic Reflexology methods and routines of stimulation - i.e. the manual mobilization of the soft tissue structures;
- reflex stimulation;
- relaxation techniques/methods;
- home care advice;
- listening skills;
- nutritional and lifestyle advice;
- the recommendation of suitable open sale, unscheduled preparations;
- the use of other modalities to enhance the Reflexology treatment, with appropriate training;
- mobilization of extremities, after appropriate training;
- therapeutic hand and foot care;
- primary healthcare screening methods; and
- attending of patients outside of practice.
- the promotion and maintenance of health of a patient through:
- attention to hygiene, physical comfort, and reassurance of the patient;
Promotion of lifestyle changes that may include dietary advice, exercise, rest and sleep with a view to assisting in the rehabilitation of the patient;
- education leading to the attainment of optimum health for the individual and the community;
- delivery of emergency first aid treatment (including CPR), if necessary; and
- Inter-disciplinary consultation, liaison and/or referrals."