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Reflexology For Headaches & Migraines

Jan 8, 2016

Headaches and migraines are two of the most common nuisances people suffer from. According to the Migraine Research Center, about 14 million people experience headaches on a regular basis. Additionally, about 18% of American women and 6% of men suffer from migraines. There are many benefits to using reflexology to treat ailments and pains, and headaches and migraines are no exception.



Most irritations above the neck are caused by excess muscle tensions and a vascular imbalance. The common headache is typically brought on by excessive stress, tension or emotional changes.  Migraines, which are recurring, throbbing headaches that often affect one side of the head and can be accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound, are commonly triggered by hormonal changes, eating habits, stress, tension, work pressure and eating disorders. Migraines are a complex condition where the blood vessels of the brain enlarge to release chemicals that cause inflammation, which in turn leads to severe pain.



The common go-to treatment for troublesome headaches and migraines is over-the-counter pain relievers. Someone who experiences regularly recurring migraines may also try prescription medicine to alleviate the symptoms. Those types of treatments merely address the situation temporarily. Reflexology massage helps bring overall balance and well being to the body. In turn, it addresses the symptoms externally while also healing the condition from within. Moreover, integrative reflexology massage can help anticipate the onset of a migraine by identifying subtle symptoms and treating them before the onset of the migraine.



Foot reflexology aids in reducing headache and migraine pain by releasing tightness in the cervical spine. The spinal reflex areas of the foot are located on the inside edge of the foot. The inside of the right foot corresponds to the right side of the spine, just as the inside of the left foot corresponds to the left side of the spine. Working the spinal reflex regions can relieve headaches that begin in the neck. The area of the head is represented on the foot by the big toe. The crease between the base of the toes and the foot represents the neck.

Relaxing tight neck and shoulder muscles by working the sides and bottoms of the fingers is another effective way to reduce headache symptoms. There are multiple parts of your hand that are reactive in reflexology. Pressure on the fleshy part of your hand, between your thumb and forefinger can provide general headache relief. The first joints of each finger, as well as the sides of the fingers are equally effective.



Working these specific areas promotes the elimination of toxins and clears blockages in the flow of energy to help heal and balance the body.


Migraines and headaches may be an everyday irritant for many people, but they don’t have to be. While reflexology isn’t a medically proven stand-alone cure for the common headache or migraine, it can prove to be a safe and effective complimentary treatment. Consider reducing the amount of medicines you take, and work with a reflexology massage specialist at Elements Massage Centennial to help you work through the condition, and heal your body from the inside out. 

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