We’ve all suffered from headaches from time to time but for some people headaches can be debilitating.  As always, prevention is better than cure so if you can identify what is triggering your headaches then you may well be able to reduce the number of incidences of headache for you.

Common triggers of headaches

  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Diet
  • Dehydration
  • Certain sounds
  • Certain smells
  • Lighting
  • Fatigue
  • etc.

If you can identify the cause of your headaches and can avoid the cause then the problem should be solved.  However, life is rarely that simple!

What if you can’t identify what is triggering your headaches or it’s impossible to avoid the triggers?

It’s not always possible to avoid the cause of your headaches.  I don’t believe any of us lead stress-free lives so what can you do if stress is triggering your headaches?  It’s possible to avoid some stressful situations but impossible to eliminate all sources of stress from our lives.  It is fairly common to get headaches AFTER a period of stress when we are just trying to relax which seems very unfair.

How can reflexology help with headaches?

A reflexologist may be able to help you pinpoint the cause of your headache by asking you questions about your lifestyle (diet, exercise, fluid intake etc.) and then direct questions about how often you get the headaches, what time of day you get them, what you may have been doing beforehand etc.  All reflexologists should ask these questions as part of the consultation process before your reflexology treatment.

Every reflexologist would advocate a balanced diet and regularly drinking water throughout the day as well as trying to establish a good sleep pattern.

What reflexes would a reflexologist treat to help with tension headaches?

Tension headaches can happen when we have tense muscles in our neck, shoulders and head.  This constricts the flow of blood to the head and causes a build up of waste products in the tissues.

We are all individuals and have our own reasons for getting headaches, however a reflexologist is likely to focus on the following reflexes to help sufferers of tension headaches:

Suggested treatment plan for tension headache sufferer

Neck, shoulders, spine and central nervous system
These reflexes would be worked to release tension in the neck, shoulders and spine and to balance nerve impulses across the central nervous system.

Hypothalamus
Work the hypothalamus reflex to encourage homeostasis of the body and mind.

Head / Brain
Work this area to improve circulation to the area and with the intention of balancing function.

Eyes
Eyes often become very sensitive during headaches. Work to normalise function of the eyes and relieve any visual disturbances.

Liver
Work to encourage detoxification.

Diaphragm & Lungs
To relax the diaphragm and optimise breathing.  Deep breathing helps us feel more relaxed and reduces anxiety.

Solar Plexus
Hold to help combat stress and tightness.  This helps to calm and normalise breathing.

Adrenals
Again, work to calm the adrenal reflexes with the intention of bringing balance.

There are many other reflexes the reflexologist may choose to focus on in addition to this list.  Reflexology is a holistic therapy so all reflexes should be worked as part of every treatment. An experienced reflexologist will be able to assess which reflexes are imbalanced and naturally focus on these so that every person receives a unique treatment tailored to their individual requirements.

I hope you have found this useful.  If you would like to book a reflexology appointment please email me.

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