Foot Reflexology Techniques for Back
Here are a few techniques that may be
used in helping to ease discomfort and pain. You may even like to try yourself.
begin, you need to become better acquainted with the pressure points on the
feet or hands. Take the time to read a reflexology chart, or better still, keep
one handy so you can more easily find the specific points while you perform the
1. Sit with your back straight and hold
one foot in your hands. Look and feel between your big toe and second toe for
the bone that joins both these toes. Place your thumb on the area and begin to
pressure for a minute, and remember to breathe steadily. Breathe in deeply and
exhale slowly; don’t hold your breath. After a minute, decrease the applied
pressure and use your thumb to gently rub the area. Now repeat the process on
the other foot.
2. Use your thumb to apply pressure to the area that’s located
just beneath the base of your toes, near the ball of your foot. Apply the
pressure first to the sole of your foot and then on the top portion of your
foot, again just behind your toes.
While working on the sole, apply
firm pressure to reach the specific pressure points. The points for the
shoulders and upper back are located on the top section of the feet. However,
these areas need lighter pressure applied as they are more sensitive and the
bones can be felt more easily. The pressure is only needed on the muscle
tissue; you don’t want to apply excessive pressure on the small bones.
3. The pressure point for the inner hip is located under and
behind the ankles. Find that specific place where you can feel a slight
indentation under your ankle. Before massaging this area, apply lotion or
massage oil first to reduce friction and to prevent the skin from becoming
irritated. Apply pressure and massage with back and forth movements.
Do this for less than a minute, up
to 30 seconds is enough, and repeat up to four times a day. If you
accidentally massage certain nerves near this inner hip reflex point, you may
feel a mild shock. If you do get a jump, simply reduce your pressure and
massage the area for less than 15 seconds.
Back pain can also be relieved by performing hand
reflexology. To reach the pressure points that involve your spine, use your
thumb to apply pressure along the outside edges of the palm. You can perform
this yourself by working first on the left hand and then switch to the right
hand to complete the process.
There are other areas on the hands and feet where reflexology
can be applied to relieve sciatica and lower and upper back pain.