Many people experience intermittent or chronic back pain that is not linked to a specific injury. The good news is that pharmaceuticals are not the only way to treat back pain. You can reduce pain, stiffness and tension in the back by massaging certain pressure points on the feet.
Reflexology Points on the Feet that Treat Back Pain
Reflexology is an effective way to treat back pain. To treat lower back pain, apply pressure to the soles, inner arch, and the whole area around the heel. In addition, you can massage the ankle.
The reflexology points for your spine are located on the inner edge of each foot, from big toe to ankle.
If you want to address upper back pain, including your shoulders, press at the base of your toes both at the top of each foot and on the soles.
Finally, if you are dealing with any back or leg pain associated with the sciatic nerve, you can focus on the reflexes for this specific area. They are found just below your ankle bone and continue down in a straight line for about four inches. Massaging this area will improve the blood supply to the sciatic nerve.
Simple Foot Massage for Back Pain
Start by massaging the inner arch of your foot for 5 to 10 minutes, moving your thumb up from the soles to the heel. This area corresponds to your lower back and lumbar area.
Then, use your thumb to massage the entire inside edge of your foot, from the big toe to the ankle.
Next, place your thumb on the bone that joins the big toe and second toe, and apply pressure. Hold the thumb in place for about one minute while you inhale and exhale deeply.
After you release your thumb, massage the whole area. Finally, repeat on the other foot.
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