Reflexology is an ancient healing technique that connects everything in the body to reflex points in the feet. All the parts and the organs of the body are mirrored on the soles of the feet, the hands, and the ears, although most reflexologists mainly focus on the feet.
Foot reflexology can been helpful for all types of back pain, whether acute or chronic. Relief can often be felt after one session but more serious conditions may take multiple treatments before positive results are achieved. Many therapists recommend treatments two to three times per week until the pain starts to ease, and then once a week, tapering off to once a month to maintain a feeling of well-being and prevent a re-occurrence.
Reflexology for Back Pain
When treating back pain there are several reflex points that are of importance including the spine, sciatic nerve, and hip reflexes. Sometimes back pain may be related to kidney problems or other conditions. A trained therapist will know exactly where the appropriate reflexes are located and apply pressure to those areas. Working on these reflex points will increase the blood supply to the area and signal the nervous system to relax the muscles in the affected area. Back pain is often closely associated with stress that causes the body to experience more pain than necessary. Reflexology also helps to relieve stress and relax the muscles which in itself will help reduce debilitating back pain.
Hand reflexology can be used for convenience to treat bouts of back pain in between treatments. In the same way as the feet, the reflex points of the body are also mirrored in the hands. The reflex points of the spine run along the outside edges of the palms of the hands. Apply pressure to both hands all along the outside edges of the palms with the thumb. Hand reflexology can be used as an alternative when the feet have been injured or are infected.