Reflexology for headaches

Headaches should be viewed as the body’s cry for help, indicating that an internal imbalance exists. Regular use of complementary therapy can play a key role in managing the impact of headaches, helping to calm and relax the body and mind.

When you seek the assistance of a reflexologist, you will be asked a number of questions about your lifestyle and medical history in order to establish the potential causes of your headache. Causes which will be explored are likely to include:

  • Stress from lifestyles and events
  • Digestive stress
  • Hormonal stress
  • Mechanical stress (related to the musculo-skeletal system)
  • Family history – migraines can occasionally run in families

A migraine is much more than a headache. Although symptoms vary from person to person, it is common for it to be felt as a throbbing headache accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhoea and sensitivity to light and/ or sound. Attacks can last anywhere between 4 hours and 3 days and the condition can have a big impact on people’s ability to live a normal life.

Once the reflexologist has established what may be the primary cause of their client’s headache, a treatment plan will be developed which is likely to focus a great detail on the endocrine (hormonal) system. You should feel the therapist working deeply on reflexes located on or around the big toe which is where you find the reflexes for the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, the brain and the cranial nerves. To release tension, the reflexologist will also work on reflexes associated with your shoulder, neck, spine and diaphragm.

Self help techniques

Ziggie Bergman is a leading Facial Reflexology expert who has developed the Bergman Method Facial Reflexology and the Zone Face Lift. The video below demonstrates a very effective relaxation technique which can be of benefit for all types of headaches. It’s so easy that even kids can do it!

To prepare, make sure that your nails are short and your hands are clean. It can be done with or without using a facial oil. It’s recommended that you initially try it out in front of a mirror until you feel confident that you are activating the right reflex points.