Reflexology and Heartburn
04. 20. 2015
Reflexology is an ancient healing practice that dates back to 4000 B.C., but practitioners today still use it to treat a wide variety of maladies such as tension headaches, menopausal symptoms, heartburn and indigestion. This holistic treatment is based on the belief that the nerves which run throughout our bodies are intricately connected to the major internal organs. Applying pressure or massage to specific areas of the feet, hands and ears can stimulate the organs and restore balance to the body.
The feet and hands both contain trigger points that can help to alleviate acid reflux. The line just below the balls of the feet is a reflexology zone that corresponds with the diaphragm. Massaging or applying pressure to this area can increase blood flow and restore function to the diaphragm, which may alleviate reflux. Below this reflexology zone on the arch of the left foot is the zone that corresponds with the stomach. Manipulating this area may offer relief from heartburn, indigestion and stomach pains. At the base of each hand, close to where the wrist begins, is zone that corresponds with the abdomen. Manipulating this area promotes digestion and abdominal health (Source: LIVESTRONG).
Reflexology is meant to be used as a complementary therapy and should never take the place of medical treatment. However, reflux patients may find that reflexology serves as a holistic treatment that alleviates symptoms and reduces the need for medication. To see if reflexology is right for you, consult with a professional therapist who can use reflexology to diagnose your condition and pinpoint your trigger zones. You can also perform reflexology at home by using online diagrams or purchasing a pair of reflexology socks which display the various trigger zones on the feet.