What is reflexology?
One popular therapy for migraine headache is reflexology, which is based on the concept that specific zones on the feet are related to various body organs, body systems. Certain parts of the feet are subject to massages for alleviation of pain as well as other types of symptoms in the body organs. This is a concept of zone therapy as there are ten zones (or energy channels) which are regarded as the paths whereby a person’s energy force or vital energy flows with all the zones ending at the feet and hands.
Hence when pain is encountered in one area of the body, applying pressure in other areas of the body can actually bring pain relief, provided they all reside within similar zones. Eventually the reflexology practitioners focus mainly on the feet even though the working of reflexes all over the body may actually be utilized for a beneficial effect.
There is no medication used in reflexology, only a specific massage type is applied at the right locations on the body. However, when the energy channels are blocked, a specific tenderness found on the body will point to such a blockage indicating that there is some condition or ailment residing somewhere else other than only the tender part of the body. In reflexology, when the particular reflex points are massaged, it allows for clearing of these energy channels thus energy flow is restored and healing of any damages will take place.
The uses and health benefits of reflexology are actually numerous however it is found to be especially effective for treatment of the following ailments:
- migraine & headache pain
- back pain
- neck pain
- digestive disorders
- menstrual cramping
- stress & tension
However, reflexology should never be used for treatment of any conditions that need surgery. Reflexology is also not suitable for those suffering from the following conditions:
- some types of heart disorders
- thyroid gland disorders
- phlebitis which is the inflammation of the veins
- arthritis of the feet during pregnancy
It is advisable to go for reflexology treatment under an expert therapist who may usually begin by massaging all the reflex areas before concentrating on those tender areas which is actually corresponding to the particular area of the body which is ailing.
For minor conditions, for example, migraine headache, back pain, etc, reflexology can be self-administered at home however make sure never to over-massage any of the reflex point to avoid any unpleasant feeling.
It is believed that by stimulating those reflex points, endorphins can be released in the same manner as acupuncture. These endorphins are actually compounds occurring in the brain section and have morphine-like pain-relief qualities.