Department of Reflexotherapy
In 1980 - 1990, the first training courses for reflexologists were carried out at the Department of Physiotherapy at Belarusian State Institute for Advanced Medical Training. The teaching staff at that time was represented by the following specialists: A.P.Sivakov, S.M.Mankevich, T.V.Fomina, N.V.Solovey. In 1990, after the creation of the Department of Reflexotherapy at Belarusian State Institute for Advanced Medical Training, reflexotherapy started to be actively implemented into the healthcare practice in Belarus. Due to the high interest of physicians in this field, the department needed to be extended.
In 1990, the department got new specialists – associate professors V.P.Zanevsky and Y.A.Zhiznevsky. From 1990 to 1992, the department was headed by T.V.Fomina, Candidate of Medical Sciences. She actively participated in the development of ultrasound puncture methods to treat patients with trigeminal neuralgia and peripheral nervous diseases in children.
From 1992 to 2005, the department was headed by associate professor V.P.Zanevsky, Candidate of Medical Sciences. He did a great work on the development of academic documentation, organization and improvement of academic activities at the department.
Since 2005 until the present, the Department of Reflexotherapy of BelMAPE has been headed by professor A.P.Sivakov, Doctor of Medical Sciences. At present, the staff of the department is represented by the following specialists: S.M.Mankevich, L.V.Podsadchik, I.A.Rybin; assistants: T.I. Grekova, V.A. Lukashevich; laboratory assistants: T.P. Timokhova, D.V. Skop, Y.V. Saraev. Annually, staff of the department undergoes retraining and advanced training courses on reflexotherapy at the diseases of nervous system and internal organs.
New advanced training courses have been implemented: physio-punctual reflexotherapy, east massage, auriculoreflexotherapy, microacupuncture systems, pharmacoreflexotherapy and homeopathy at the diseases of nervous system, puncture hirudotherapy, basics of phytotherapy, reflexotherapy of myofascial syndromes, manual therapy in neurology, at joint diseases, manual therapy and reflexotherapy at vertebroneurological syndromes etc. Staff of the department together with specialists from the Russian Federation (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow) occasionally hold advanced training course on electropunctural vegetal resonance testing at BelMAPE. The department is planning to hold new advanced training courses: reflexotherapy in cosmetology, modern technologies in reflexotherapy. Staff of the department has undergone training on different aspects of traditional oriental medicine in People's Republic of China. Acquaintance with the chinese experience in reflexotherapy helped to implement new treatment methods not only into healthcare establishments of the Republic of Belarus, but also into the practice of sports medicine.