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Relieve TMJ with Reflexology

Reflexology is not just a foot rub but a pressure point therapy done on the feet, hands, or ears. The theory behind this holistic alternative therapy is that the pressure points (reflex points) correspond to different parts of the body and its organs and systems.

Similar to the Chinese practices of acupuncture or acupressure, reflexology seeks to assist the body’s natural healing processes by stimulating energy in specific areas and releasing blockages.

Reflexology is commonly used along with other treatments methods for conditions such as anxiety, asthma, headaches, PMS, sinusitis and TMJ disorder.

Although traditional Western medical practitioners discount the validity of reflexology, its methods and principles date back to ancient Egypt and 1000’s of years of traditional Chinese medicine.

Reflexology is popular all over Europe and was introduced to a skeptical U.S., public and medical establishment in 1913 by ear, nose and throat doctor William H. Fitzgerald, M.D.

In this video you learn that the toes, especially the big toe correspond to the upper and lower jaw. Notice the action is not one of rubbing but a deliberate and controlled application of pressure in specific points on the upper and lower toes.

Some points to take from the video include

  • Apply enough pressure to stimulate the area but not so much as to cause pain
  • Use a walking motion across the toes
  • Use your fingers or thumb according to your comfort level
  • Work the upper and then the lower jaw on each toe before moving on to the next
  • Use reflexology as a complementary practice in combination with other TMJ disorder treatments
  • Treat the head, neck and sinus pressure points on the back of the toes
  • Do the same treatment on your hands in addition or instead of your toes

Regardless of how you feel about the practice of reflexology, this self-care method can be relaxing and provide a much needed break from the stresses and strains that the body puts upon the feet.

Try relaxing your feet in a tub of Epsom salts prior to your reflexology session, which will help draw toxins from the body.

And finish your session with the application of lotion and warm socks. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel.

If you are lucky enough to have a reflexologist near your home, make an appointment for a professional treatment.

Ask specifically for treatment related to the jaw, neck and head. Pay attention to the pressure applied and the particular points worked so you can duplicate the treatment on your own.

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