Use hand reflexology whenever it is more convenient than applying foot reflexology or if your feet are injured or infected in any way.
Contact the reflex points for your spine by applying pressure with your thumb along the outside edge of your palm. Work on your right hand first and then switch to your left hand.
Work the reflexes that correspond with your shoulders by applying pressure to the area just beneath your pinky fingers on both the top and the palm of your hand.
- Always work the reflex points on both hands; your left shoulder reflexes are at the base of your left pinky and your right shoulder reflexes are at the base of your right pinky.
- Remember that not all reflexes for your back are located on the soles of your feet. Major reflexes can also be found on the top part of your feet and even on the bottom part of each leg.
- You can also work the reflex areas for your brain (toes and fingers) to encourage the release of endorphins, the natural “feel good” chemicals that help block pain.
- Even if you are not suffering from chronic back pain, try applying reflexology to yourself for just a few minutes each day. The more often you do reflexology, the more beneficial it is. Think of it as a form of preventative maintenance.
- Make sure your lower back is supported when you are seated in a chair. If necessary, use a pillow or a rolled up towel to support your lower back.
- Support your head with a pillow so that your head is aligned with your spine.
- Sleep on a firm mattress, preferably one that is less than 10 years old.
- Consider visiting a professional reflexologist if you experience a lot of back pain. You can still do self-reflexology in between regular appointments. If you have a professional treatment, pay attention not only to the areas the reflexologist is working, but how much pressure is being applied. This will assist you in applying reflexology to yourself.
- If you prefer, you can also apply reflexology to your ears to relieve back pain.
- Consult your primary care physician if you have sustained a serious back injury.
- Poor posture and lack of exercise can defeat all your efforts to relieve your back pain. Weak abdominal muscles fail to give enough support to your back, so consider strengthening those muscles. Take a short walk every day and use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Everyone is different, so the time it takes for you to feel noticeable improvement depends on variable factors, such as your overall health, age, nutritional habits and even your stress levels. Just one reflexology session may relieve all of your back pain, or it may take as many as 10 sessions.