Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, widespread pain and tenderness in the body. It is difficult to diagnose because there are no diagnostic tests or x-rays that can detect it, and the symptoms of fibromyalgia mimic symptoms of other medical conditions. Reflexology is an effective, non-invasive treatment for relieving the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
In reflexology, the top half of your body is represented in the top half of your foot and the bottom half of your body is represented in the bottom half of your foot. The left and right sides of your body are represented by your left and right feet.
Consequently, there is a reflex point for every fibromyalgia symptom you may be experiencing. Using reflexology to treat fibromyalgia is easier if you understand how your body works and why treating certain organs and glands help you achieve relief.
Method 1 of 7: All Over Pain and Deep Muscular Aches
Press down firmly on the area of your feet or hands that correspond to the area of the joints or muscles that are experiencing pain.
- Press your thumb into the outer edges of your foot about mid-way between your toes and your heels to relieve aching knees.
- Apply deep pressure with your thumb into the pad of your foot just below your little toe to alleviate shoulder pain. Your left foot reflex corresponds to your left shoulder and your right foot reflex corresponds to your right shoulder. Even if you only have to ache in one shoulder, do both reflex points anyway so that you maintain a balance.
- Follow this same procedure to relieve any joint or muscle pain that you are experiencing. Consult the foot reflexology chart to locate the corresponding reflex point for the area that is causing you pain and apply reflexology to those reflex points.
Method 2 of 7: Fatigue and Exhaustion
Treat fatigue and low energy levels by working the reflexes for your adrenal glands and pancreas. Exhaustion can be the result of low blood-sugar levels and since the pancreas helps to regulate blood sugar levels, working the pancreas reflex area several times a day may help you with this condition. Working the adrenal gland reflex areas may also help you by improving the production of adrenaline, which increases energy levels.
- Apply pressure to the pancreas and adrenal reflex points, which are located about halfway down the sole of your right foot, directly underneath your big toe. These points are small and you will probably press on the reflexes for your right kidney as well, but doing so will not have any negative effect; pressing on any reflex point is beneficial.
- Treat the adrenal reflex point on your left foot in the same way. Its location is the same as on your right foot.
Method 3 of 7: Sleep Disorders
Address the reflex points that correlate to stress in order to facilitate deep, restorative sleep.
- Work the reflex point for your diaphragm, which is located on both feet just below the lung area. Use your thumb to edge along with this reflex point from one side of your foot to the other. Start on the outer edge of your foot and creep along using steady pressure until you get to the inner edge of your foot, then go back in the other direction. Repeat up to five times on each foot.
- Pay special attention to the reflex point for your pineal gland, which is located in the center of your big toe on each foot. Your pineal gland plays an important role in the adjustment of your biorhythms. Balancing this area, which also includes the reflex for your pituitary gland, calms down any over-activity in your brain and helps you get a good night’s rest.
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Method 4 of 7: Lack of Concentration
Alleviate brain fog by working on your brain reflexes. These are located on the tips of your first three toes on each foot. Stimulating the brain reflexes will help you with the lack of concentration sometimes associated with fibromyalgia.
- Use the tip of your thumb to press, one at a time, on the tip of your big toe and the tips of your second and third toes. If your fingernails are a little too long, pressing these reflexes can be quite uncomfortable, so you can use a pinching motion instead.
- Massage each of your first three toes on both feet from the base of the toes to the tips. Be sure to press and squeeze the sides of each toe as well as the front and back.
Method 5 of 7: Morning Stiffness
Fibromyalgia patients often experience morning stiffness that is associated with enhanced muscle soreness.
- Push your thumb deep into the arch area of each foot to relieve back stiffness. Repeat at least 5 times on each foot.
Method 6 of 7: Digestive Problems
Take care of digestive disorders, such as constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas and bloating by working the reflexes for your stomach and digestive organs.
- Calm your overstimulated digestive areas by pressing the reflex points for your small intestine, descending colon and transverse colon, which are located in the arch area of your foot. Work these reflex points for at least 10 minutes on each foot, daily if at all possible.
Method 7 of 7: Headaches and Migraines
Relieve headaches by working the reflexes for your neck and head. Your neck is the gateway between your head and your body, so working your head and neck reflexes relax muscular tension in this area, promoting freer movement of blood, nerve supply, lymph, bio-electrical energy, and other fluids.
- Use your thumb to edge along the base of your toes, both on the soles and the tops of your feet.
- Massage and press all of your toes on each foot.
- Give yourself a complete reflexology session on both feet to induce relaxation, which reduces the stress that often triggers headaches. If time is a factor, you can simply use both of your hands to squeeze and massage your entire foot. Begin with your right foot and then move on to your left foot.