To the average person, a migraine is just a bad headache. But unless you’re in the 12% of the population that has actually experienced one, you really have no idea. Imagine your head is stuck in a vice and someone is tightening and loosening the jaws, over and over. Sounds bad. Now imagine, at the same time, someone else is hammering nails into your skull. Nasty.
“It’s like having your head compressed by a two-ton brick while someone hits your temple with a hammer at random intervals.” -Emma Gray, Senior Editor of HuffPost Women
Now add to that constant nausea, blurred vision, an intense aversion to light and certain sounds and smells, and a resolute inability to think about even basic things and you’re about there. In a word, migraines are debilitating. For some people, they’re a constant reality, following them to sleep and popping up first thing in the morning. It’s not so tough to see why so many people fall into a depression, and worse.
Luckily a great solution exists – and it’s not mired in a veritable pharmacy of medication as you might think. Instead, it’s based on a natural methodology which has been well documented and used by cultures across the planet for centuries. Unfortunately, the practice has gone through a period of massive depuration in the last few decades as the pharmaceutical industry has fought tooth and nail to discredit the industry which has been eating into their profits. After all, we all know drugs are healthier than natural remedies, right?
Let’s look at what causes migraines first. The truth is, no-one can say for sure, but migraines have been connected with overwork, severe weather changes, allergies, and of course, stress, and they most commonly affect women between the ages of 15 and 55 years old, especially those with hormonal fluctuation. Indeed there is a general consensus that migraines are the direct result of an imbalance causing an enlargement of the blood vessels which at least temporarily alters the flow of blood, chemicals, and electrical pulses to the brain, causing inflammation and pain.
Reflexology is a mostly proactive treatment which helps reduce migraines by healing ailments before they can trigger an imbalance. Additionally, as an analgesic treatment, Reflexology cuts pain quickly by relieving muscle tension and stress, two top aggravating factors. Registered massage therapists use their fingers and thumbs to apply soothing pressure to special reflex zones on a patient’s hands and feet which directly stimulate corresponding areas of the body, fostering the destruction of toxins and blockages.
There’s little doubt that Reflexology offers serious benefits for patients undergoing treatment and you simply need to ask one of them whether they trust it. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any serious scientific study on Reflexology to prove (or disprove) its efficacy, and there are many people who prefer to criticize the technique rather than give it a try. On the other hand, many more are already enjoying the benefits that thousands of years of tradition have brought to us.