Foot reflexology is more potent than you might realize as pressure on certain spots on your foot can help reduce pain and improve health.
For a lot of women, their health is probably at the bottom of their list of priorities. After all, the responsibility to take care of work, the house, the kids, their husbands every single day can take a toll on their minds and bodies. Making time for themselves tends to take a backseat. Unfortunately, this could mean a host of health problems for them.
But did you know that the secret to your health actually lies with you and in possibly one of the lesser-thought-of parts of your body? Well, the way to improve your health doesn't lie in your hands, but rather your feet. Dr. Helena Reid tells WebMD, “If your feet aren’t healthy, it affects how you function and live your life," according to Phenomenal Magazine. And it is certain points on the sole of your feet that can help you. This method is called reflexology.
What is reflexology?
According to Mayo Clinic, reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet which generally helps in relaxing and alleviating stress. The theory behind this method is that certain areas of the foot are linked to various organs and systems in the body. So when pressure is applied to that area, it is believed that you will heal and relax that corresponding area of the body. And here are the points on your feet that correspond to certain organs.
In the practice of reflexology, the tips of your big toes are connected to the head and the brain. By massaging the bottom of your toes, you could relieve headaches and benefit your overall brain health by stimulating it.
If you suffer from intestinal issues such as severe gas or indigestion, you might find relief if you massage the area between your heel and the ball of your foot. This can help enhance the health of your intestinal tract while improving digestion.
Your heart health is something you should never ignore. If you experience heart palpitations or extreme chest pain, then visiting a doctor is important. However, for short-term relief by massaging this specific area on the right foot can promote heart health. It can also have long-term positive effects for your circulatory system.
When it comes to your eye health, age and various circumstances can cause issues such as vision trouble, soreness, redness, and pain. Putting pressure on the area of your foot right below your second and third toe can help relieve that pain.
Bad posture, wrong sleeping position, or a condition such as spondylitis can be painful for your neck and cause aches and discomfort. The area just below your big toe, when massaged, can help ease that pain.
When it comes to your lungs, it is said that it is connected to the middle area of the balls of your feet. By massaging this area, you might find relief by breathing easier and your overall lung health could improve. However, if you are facing serious difficulty in breathing, visit a medical professional immediately.
As you grow older, you might start to experience knee pains. And the outside portion of each heel has the ability to reduce those aches when you massage them. Chronic knee pain or knee soreness can be alleviated through this method.
Reflexology states that there is a direct connection between your heel and your sciatic nerve and lower back. Massaging your heels can help provide relief in your lower back, especially if you are someone who suffers from sciatica or chronic lower back pain.
While thyroid problems are quite common, a good foot massage, especially in the inside portion of the balls of the feet, could help reduce those risks. It could be used to increase the overall health of your thyroid gland, a gland that helps regulate temperature, weight, and many more of your body functions.
However, it is important to note that while this method is good for short-term benefits, if you have consistent pains, visiting a medical professional should be on your list. They may be able to point out underlying health issues and help start treatment.