From headaches to insomnia, say goodbye with these 4 powerful reflexology tricks

If you hate the taste of medicine but often get the occasional headache or pain in the back or neck from the time to time, you might want to consider reflexology.

Many people typically associate reflexology with a foot massage but the ancient medical practice is actually applicable to every part of the body.

Reflexology refers to applying some pressure on specific “reflex points” on hands, ears, and feet as these points correspond to the different organs in the body.

It is also known as zone therapy and has been gaining popularity in the past decade as it can help reduce pain without the need of taking painkillers. Apart from alleviating the pain, reflexology can also help with detoxification, improve blood circulation, reduce stress and allergy symptoms.

If you prefer taking fewer painkillers, these reflexology tips can be useful to you.

1. Headache

To relieve a sinus headache, massage the tips of your thumbs and fingers or the area between your forefinger and your thumb.

As the area corresponds to the nerves that connect to your head and temple region, massaging the area can provide instant pain relief.

2. Neck and back pain

Massage the top of your thumb to the middle of your wrist. This area corresponds to the spinal reflex (as indicated in red below).

You can also massage it for a bit longer if the area is painful. Repeat this step for several times on both hands.

3. Cold and flu

Massage the base of your fingers and thumbs to the tips. Do this step on each finger for several times.

4. Insomnia

Massage the middle are of your thumb, your thumbprint. Press the area and hold between 30 seconds to 1 minute. Do this step on both thumbs for several times.

Massaging this area can help you sleep better and faster as it corresponds to the pituitary gland reflex.

Massaging these reflexology points may help reduce your pain and sleepless nights but if the condition persists, it may be best for you to see a doctor. It is also not recommended to massage these areas if you are recovering from a foot or hand injury.