Headache or head pain is one of the most common and annoying diseases, as it accompanies the patient asleep or awake and prevents him from practicing his daily activities. It may affect the entire head, the front part, or only one incision, which is known then as a migraine or migraine.
Some people are looking for alternative treatments for headaches in light of the failure of drugs to get rid of it, so attention has recently turned to the science of reflexology in an attempt to get rid of all kinds of headaches without taking this amount of drugs.
The science of reflexology (reflexology), or the science of using pressure points (in English: Reflexology), is a science that relies on touching certain points on the body and pressing on them, so that this is reflected in the benefit on other areas and organs of the body and the pain and disturbances in them disappear, and this is the reason why reflexology is called massage.
It is believed that the pressure point areas, which are the feet and the palms of the hands, are more sensitive and responsive than the rest of the body and are able to spread a feeling of comfort throughout the entire body.
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- What is pressure point massage?
- Apply reflexology to treat headaches
- Tips when applying a reflexology massage
- Headache accompanied by other symptoms
What is pressure point massage?
The theory of reflexology revolves around the idea that the body is connected together , for example, head pain can be treated by massaging points in the palm of the hand, as all the internal organs of the body, the circulatory system, the brain, and the nervous system are linked to each other and to specific pressure points.
Pressure on these points in a special way and for a specific period of time works to stimulate blood circulation, stimulate communication between nerve cells, relieves pain, improves general health, and restores balance again.
The use of pressure point massage has succeeded in reducing the symptoms of many diseases such as: menstrual pain, muscle pain, and of course , headaches , so the popularity of it has increased in recent times.
Apply reflexology to treat headaches
There are well-known and well-known pressure points on the foot and the other in the palm of the hand, which helps to keep massaging them in the treatment of all types of headaches and gradually reduce the attack of their attacks, we mention some of them:
- Temporal headache : Apply pressure with a massage on the inner side of the big toe, starting from the top and going downwards. Repeats for 60 seconds.
- Forehead headache, migraine, and menstrual period headache : The smallest toe and the next toe are pressed to form a V, on the back of the foot, the pressure lasts from 30 to 60 seconds, and this point is very sensitive and may bring tears to the eyes.
- Headache in the area of the face, eyes, nose, and neck : pressure and massage is done on the back of the big toe, starting from the bottom of the nail down to the bottom of the finger. The feeling of relief begins from the bottom of the eyes, passing through the cheekbones and jawbones and ending with the neck. The massage lasts from 30 to 60 seconds.
- A headache on both sides of the head together : a point is pressed in the middle of the back of the foot, to define it. The bones of the big finger and the next toe are traced to the point where they meet, then rise by one knob, here is the pressure in the space formed between the bones. The compression continues for 60 seconds.
Tips when applying a reflexology massage
The history of pressure point therapy extends back thousands of years, as it is a science inherited from the Chinese civilization, whose experts advise in this science the following:
- It is advised to avoid applying reflexology to pregnant women and those suffering from swollen or sore feet.
- Pain is treated in the right half of the body, pressure is made on the points located in the left half (the right side of the brain controls the left half of the body and the left side of the brain controls the right half of the body).
- It is advised to continue to massage the pressure points even if no pain is felt , because repeating them will prevent new headaches.
- It is recommended to use natural herbs and practice yoga that increase the effectiveness of the reflexology.
- Reflexology is a complementary treatment that does not substitute for a visit to the doctor, especially if the period of suffering with headache is prolonged.
Headache accompanied by other symptoms
Reflexology may be useful in treating headaches of all kinds, but you should go to the doctor immediately if the headache accompanies one of these symptoms:
- Weakness, dizziness, vomiting and loss of consciousness.
- Double vision, blurring, or blind spots.
- Post-accident headache and injuries.
- Headache of a new type that has not been previously reported for people over the age of 55.
- Slurred speech and seizures.