Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.
Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Sometimes these practitioners use items, such as rubber balls, rubber bands and sticks of wood, to assist in their work.
Practitioners of reflexology include chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists, among others.
Reflexologists claim that reflexology also can treat a wide variety of medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and cancer. However, scientific evidence is lacking to support these claims.
Reflexology is a millennia-old Chinese practice which has only recently become popular in the Western world. It is a non-invasive treatment for many diseases and conditions, but it can also calm down crying babies.
Since babies can’t tell you what’s wrong, they respond to physical pain by crying, but with reflexology, you can determine what the problem is and fix it quickly.
Reflexology foot guide for babies
Babies are considered more responsive to the practice than adults as they are more receptive to touch. When a baby is upset, we respond by holding them or rubbing their back, which makes reflexology an ideal tool for them. Reflexology is a practice which works by applying pressure on certain points on the body. Pressing these points can treat a host of problems related to different body parts. The guide you can see above shows these body parts and their connection to areas of the babies’ feet.
To treat problems related to head and teeth, you need to work on the tips of the toes. This can reduce the pain caused by ear infections or teething.
The area that affects sinuses on the feet is in the center of the toes. Applying pressure on these spots can reduce the severity of sinus problems such as runny nose or other respiratory problems, and although it isn’t a cure for colds, it will reduce the symptoms enough for your baby to calm down.
The chest area is connected to the top of the foot that touches the ground above the arch. Massaging this area will relieve chest congestion and is a great treatment for chronic coughs or colds that cause phlegm buildup. According to studies, reflexology can reduce all forms of congestion.
The so-called solar plexus is a collection of nerves between the stomach and lungs. The cause of pain in this area is difficult to determine due to the different nerve endings, but it can be treated by massaging the upper area of the arch of the foot.
Upper and lower abdomen
The arch of the foot is connected to the upper abdomen, and massaging it can help with digestive problems such as heartburn or bowel obstruction.
The lower abdomen corresponds with the lower half of the arch, and massaging it can treat post-digestive problems such as constipation and bloating.
Pelvic pain is connected to the heel of the baby’s foot. Massage this area to relieve muscle tightness and postural problems.
In conclusion, you should know that reflexology can only help with certain types of pain. It is not a remedy and should never replace medical care if your baby is suffering from a serious condition. It can only relax the baby and soothe their pain temporarily.