MIGRAINES & HEADACHES
How reflexology can be used for migraines
Do you think a series of hand or foot massages could bring you relief from migraines? Reflexology has been practiced since the first quarter of the 21st century, but this is a medical practice that dates back to ancient times. In some Asian countries, reflexology is sometimes combined with herbal remedies and conventional medicine to provide effective medical treatments.
In 21st century London, reflexology clinics are seeing more patients who arrive with complaints of muscle pain, pre-menstrual syndrome and headaches. Reflexology is not so much reactive as it is preventative, which means that patients who live with chronic migraine conditions can certainly benefit from this alternative treatment for the purpose of preventing cephalalgia episodes.
Many reflexology practitioners encourage their patients to learn about the discipline so that they can treat themselves at home. The key to reflexology is to apply acupressure to certain points that can be found in our hands and feet. To this effect, reflexology follows some of the principles of acupuncture; thankfully, it does not involve the insertion of any needles.
How reflexology works for migraines
Reflexology is all about physiological inducement through certain points of the body can be stimulated to promote circulation and optimal neurological function. This is a form of holistic therapy, which means that it can be practiced to promote a healthy and balanced way of life. With this in mind, reflexologists have identified four points in our feet that can alleviate migraine pain and reduce the physiological strain of stress in our bodies. These points can be found on:
The inside folds between our large toe and the one next to it.
The metatarsal area between the webbing of the large toe and the talus.
The metatarsal area between the webbing to the little toe and the talus.
The top of each large toe between the nail bed and the metatarsal area.
When we massage the acupressure points above with our thumbs, we can stimulate the smooth flow of circulation and optimal neurological function through our bodies. For example, when the inside area between our left large toe and the contiguous one is stimulated with thumb pressure, the result will be relief in the left temporal region of our head. Migraine patients whose headaches are localized on just one side of their heads should keep in mind that acupressure should be applied to the opposite foot; thus, if the pain is localized on the right side of our heads, we should be stimulating our left foot.
Stimulation of the two metatarsal points above will result in relief to our midsection and internal organs therein, which in turn can minimize stress caused by ailments in this region of our bodies. The fourth point located on the top of our large toe can bring relief to our facial nerves that are so often associated with migraine episodes, which include those nerve clusters located close to our sinuses and the area just above our eyebrows.
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