Chapman’s Reflexes Explained
This network of easily located reflex areas can be self-activated with your finger tips to restore balance to and maintain normal function of major organs such as the heart, thyroid,kidneys, liver, lungs and intestines. These reflexes were discovered and mapped by osteopathic physician Dr. Frank Chapman over years of experience treating patients in his clinical medical practice in the early 1900’s. The reflexes work through the nervous system to influence the disease fighting lymphatic system in the corresponding organs. That is why they are called neurolymphatic reflexes.
Dr. Chapman noticed that patients presenting specific symptoms would consistently have certain reflexes out of balance. Based on his observations he would manipulate these reflexes to facilitate improved health.
Dr. Chapman also noted that these neurolymphatic reflexes, located along the spinal column and throughout the body, were connected to imbalances of the pelvis and resulted in dysfunctions of the endocrine system which is made up of organs and glands that produce hormones. He found that stimulating these specific tender points would increase lymphatic drainage and movement in associated organs and lead to balanced function.
The lymph is an important part of both physical and energetic aspects of the body. The lymph fluid nourishes and cleanses the body at a cellular level. There is five times more lymph fluid than blood in the body; approximately one third of our body weight being lymph fluids. These fluids circulate without the use of a pump and depend on the healthy function of the muscular system to flow. When lymph stagnates, dis-ease is the result. Using the Chapman’s reflex points provides us with a gentle means to promote integration and rebalancing of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems with other body systems such as endocrine and gastrointestinal.
There are no known publications by Dr. Chapman, however his research and teachings are preserved in the notes of one of his colleagues, osteopath Charles Owens. His book, An Endocrine Interpretation of Chapman’s Reflexes, was published in 1937 by the American Academy of Osteopathy for use by osteopaths for diagnosis and treatment of their patients.
You can start to work with yourself and your family using these natural reflexes. A comprehensive presentation, including theory, anatomy and methods of working with them is found our Chapman’s Reflex ebook available for purchase and download.