Treating Headaches - The Reflexology Way

Being a parent often means poor quality or not enough sleep, stress and worry, lots of rushing around and not much time to take care of ourselves.

But did you know, since the brain itself has no pain receptors it cannot feel pain? The pain that we experience as a headache comes from the structures that surround the brain, like the muscles, arteries, veins and nerves, which can become inflamed or irritated.


Generally headaches are thought of as either primary or secondary. If the headache is the main symptom you suffer then it is classified as primary. A secondary headache is caused by something else such as a cold, flu or temperature.

The most common headache experienced is a tension headache (primary headache). Tension headaches occur because of physical or emotional stress in the body. It is common for someone suffering emotional stress at work or home to get tension headaches. Sitting at a computer all day can strain your neck or shoulder muscles which can develop into a tension headache.

The way the body tightens the muscles and nerves when we feel stressed can impede the blood flow, causing irritation and inflammation, and viola - you get a headache!

Of course you can pop a pill, but this isn’t great long term and of course all medicines carry side effects. If possible, a natural solution is the best option - that’s where reflexology comes in!

So how can reflexology help with the pain of headaches? There are over 7000 nerve endings on each foot that correspond to all areas, organs and systems of the body. The toes carry the nerve endings of the head.

By using different pressure techniques Reflexology can stimulate these nerve endings, release any blocked energy, increase circulation, relax muscles and bring about relaxation and healing.

The big toe is the starting point in treating headaches and often sore areas can be found on the toes or the base of the toes where they join the rest of the foot. Directly under the big toe is the neck reflex and under the small toe is the shoulder reflex. On the top of the foot between the webbing of the big and second toe is an area that can be sensitive in those who suffer migraines.

In the case of headaches the aim of Reflexology is to:

  • Release any muscle tension in the head, neck, shoulders and spine.

  • Enhance circulation to all areas of the body but especially the spine, neck, shoulders and head.

  • Reduce stress and tension, which is often responsible for a large proportion of headaches.Improve nerve function.

There are also things you can do to help yourself if you suffer from headaches on a regular basis - most importantly make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to stop becoming dehydrated!

Also., stretch out the muscles in your neck and shoulder regularly, especially if you spend a lot of the day in one position.

Finally, try to find a few moments in the day to relax! Even a few minutes of gentle breathing or meditation can help reduce stress and therefore reduce tension.

To book a reflexology treatment with me at Rehab for Mums in Thelwall, call 07437 318248 or hello@rehabformums.com.

Alternatively you can book online here!

Dawn x


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Dawn Jackson

Dawn Jackson is Editor of Rehab for Mums Magazine and Holistic Therapist based in Thelwall, South Warrington. My mission is to bring together women to support other women to feel their best in body AND mind.