Reflexology for Pain Relief

Reflexology.. What is it?

Reflexology is a therapy that is approximately 5,000 years old and is believed to have been developed in China. And has also been traced back to ancient Egyptian civilizations. It was popularized in the United States in the early 1900s when various doctors and physiotherapists began to study the extent of nerve cells in the hands and feet.  

Reflexology is a natural therapeutic, non-invasive, touch therapy that assists the body to heal itself. It is both a therapy and a healing art that uses pressure points on the hands, feet, face and ears.

It consists of alternating degrees of thumb and finger pressure techniques to reflex points. The act of applying pressure results in stress reduction, which causes a physiological change in the body.

This practice reduces pain, stress, illness and injury and provides a delightful feeling of relaxation toy your body. It encourages body balance and our body’s natural innate healing.

Your reflexology pressure points work on your nervous system to create responses in the body to a variety of issues. Reflexology stimulates nerve cells throughout all of the body.  Nerves follow pathways in our body through electrical energy pathways throughout all the connective tissue which is deep in the core of our entire body, in and around all of our organs.  This tissue is entirely connected without any interruption, like a spider’s web.  It consists of muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, cartilage, membranes and more.

Throughout the body there are trillions of cells, each with their own unique intelligence.  All of these cells in the body are in communication with each other throughout the fascia and all bodily systems. Stressors like emotional and physical accidents or surgery trauma can create scars, lesions, cysts or blockages in the connective tissue anywhere in the body. This creates a disruption along nerve pathways and the body must adapt for its optimal health and survival.

Benefits of Reflexology

  • Stress reduction – induces a deep state of relaxation
  • Immune system improvement – reduces effects of auto immune diseases
  • Speeds up recovery – relieves pain following accidents or surgery
  • Stimulates nerve endings – increases energy
  • Improves circulation – raises or lowers blood pressure and assists uptake of energy
  • Eliminates body toxins – helps to drain the lymphatic system
  • Balances the hormones – improves the function of reproductive organs
  • Assists recovery –  following chemotherapy and other cancer treatments
  • Improves metabolism – reduces sluggishness and increases energy
  • Balances the body – tunes up all body systems
  • Works well with other forms of medicine or therapies

How can Reflexology help me?

Back Pain

When you target the spine reflexes you can quickly alleviate the terror of back pains. On the hands you should focus on the side of the thumb to the bottom of your wrist. Rub the bottom half of your foot on the bottom and the width where your leg meets the foot on top.

Sleep Disorders

Targeting the pituitary gland is the ideal method of alleviating sleep disorders. In the direct middle of your fingerprint you’ll find the nerve linking your endocrine system. Apply direct pressure with the side of your nail. On the foot you should target the middle of your big toe on the bottom side.


For headaches you’ll focus mainly on nerve zones on the foot. Begin with circular rubbing on the big toes to relax your neck a bit. Then focus with more pressure on the upper halves of each toe to pinpoint nerves connecting to the head. You can also massage the upper halves of your fingers on both sides.


For anxiety a stress you can start with the neck and head areas in the toes. Another technique called the wrist twist requires you to form a circle around your wrist with your thumb and index finger and twist the opposing hand back and forth about twenty times.


One of the most popular methods for digestion relief requires a small sphere like a golf ball or tennis ball. Lock your fingers together with the ball inside and rub it around the bottom of your palm for around 60 seconds. You can also gently rub the lower third of your foot on the bottom side.

Asthma and Bronchitis

This ailment requires you to target the nerve zones associated with the lungs. On the top of your foot massage the width of your foot about an inch below the toes. On the bottom focus on the middle of the foot an inch below the toes. On your hands, massage just below the knuckles on top and where your palm meets the fingers on the bottom.

Colds and the Flu

For colds and the flu you can pinpoint the areas that correspond with your sinuses, nose, throat, and lungs. On the feet you should concentrate on the side of your big toe, the middle of each toe, and an inch below your toes. On the hands massage from the tip of your finger to just above the knuckle and back up again.

Best Home Reflexology

TENS is great from Reflexology at home, TENS is a proven pain reliever. 

In Clinical Studies researchers measured patients pain threshold by seeing how long it took subjects to perceive pain. They also measured pain tolerance by seeing how long the people could keep their feet in freezing water. The results showed that reflexology led to a 40 per cent increase in pain threshold and a 45 per cent increase in pain tolerance compared to the fake (to rule out any placebo effect) TENS treatment.

It is likely that reflexology causes the release of chemicals from the brain that lessen pain signals. However it works, it does seem to work. So next time you need pain relief don’t take two tablets — try a TENS session instead.

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