How to Use Reflexology for Migraine Headaches
What is Reflexology?
So, you’re suffering from pounding migraines and you’re ready to try some alternative medicine to help you heal. Alternative medicine takes many different forms – some simple and others not so simple. Maybe you’ve heard about Chinese Reflexology. Reflexology has been used for decades to manage migraine symptoms and attacks. In reflexology, your energy is called Qi, (pronounced: Chee) and it flows through your body the same way blood flows through your veins.
Balancing your Qi is very important and it’s believed, when the energy gets stuck in your head, it causes migraines and headaches. To release the Qi, you need to massage certain pressure points in your body. The four points that effect the head are located on your feet.
The right temporal area (right side) of the head is controlled by the left foot. Reflexologists recommend using your thumb to massage the inner area of your big toe. The inner area of the right foot controls the left temple. Massage the big toe to help relieve temporal pressure.
Major Pressure Points
The third pressure point is the Tai Chong. This area is located on the surface of the foot between the big toe and second toe. Reflexologists suggest pressing on this area for a minute. The Tai Chong is located in the same area on both feet. It is connected to the liver which is a major Qi organ.
The third point is the He Gu which controls the large intestine. This pressure point is the space between the thumb and the index finger. When massaging the right hand, use the left thumb to apply pressure to the area for one minute.
The Four Major Areas:
- Tai Chong – Liver meridian
- He Gu – Large intestine
- Zu Lin Qi – Gallbladder
- Big Toe – Spleen Meridian
Another key pressure point is located on the foot. This time, pay attention to your last two toes. The surface region between the second to last toe and the pinky toe is called the Zu Lin Qi. That’s a pretty unique name. Interestingly, this pressure point controls the gallbladder. You may wonder how your gallbladder affects migraines. In reflexology, the gallbladder meridian flows through the side of your head and the forehead.
The last point is smack dab on the surface of your big toe. Use your thumb to massage the area between the base of your toenail and your foot. Rub the region for at least 30 seconds and voila! You’ve just learned some serious reflexology for migraine relief.
The act of balancing Qi by using needles or other forms of pressure is called acupressure. Most people have heard of acupuncture, which employs the use of needles to regulate the body. In reflexology, pressure is applied naturally using the fingers. Reflexologists massage an area continuously for 30 to 60 seconds to help Qi flow throughout the body.
Experts recommend that you relax the body by getting into a comfortable position and breathing deeply before acupressure. You can massage your pressure points at various times throughout the day. For migraineurs, you can use acupressure whenever you feel a headache starting to attack. Regular acupressure therapy relaxes the body’s muscles and may relieve migraine symptoms.
There are so many ways to treat your migraines, and alternative measures,like reflexology, are an excellent complement to your other methods or regimens. Remember to check with your provider if you have any questions, and never stop learning!
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