The last article was on Reflexology as an alternative Health Option. I am sorry for the long lapse since the last article. Hopefully I am able to stay on top of things now. I wanted to write a little more on Reflexology and also on Trigger Points and issues they can cause. While using reflexology on clients I always try to watch or feel for trigger points. Often I find that trigger points are either causing or aggravating tender muscles and issues related to pain. With that in mind when working with any client I check areas related as a part of my reflexology session. There are a few things that will help you determine if part of the issue is trigger point related.
What area is painful? Leg, ankle, arm, neck or back? where ever it is your body has the potential for trigger points anywhere that can be painful. It is also very common to have deferred pain from trigger points. Several location in the upper back will give pain in other areas. It is good to have a guide handy showing you where the most common trigger points can be, a copy for clients can be handy as well. This way you can show them where the problem is and well as use it as a tool to teach them to take care of their trigger points as well. I have a client with serious ankle issues. She has had 3 surgeries, and has had extreme pain since before the first surgery. Each surgery has had different results. I have done reflexology on her working on tight muscles and tendons, working to relax the foot and ankle. In doing so I realized she has several issues aggravating her ankle. One being trigger points all the way up the outside of her leg. Each trigger point pulls the muscle tighter causing more pain and stiffness. To work a trigger point knot out is simple, but requires knowing where the knots are and rubbing it the right way with out irritating it. a firm pressure, and smooth movement rubbing back and forth over the trigger point about 10-13 strokes each trigger point is enough for a session. Moe may irritate it and make things worse. When applying pressure to a trigger point it will be accompanied by pain and relief at the same time. The client will feel a “shock” or “zing” when you apply pressure to the right spot, rely on the reaction of your client or self when looking for trigger point knots. In my clients I not only work on the trigger points but teach them to work them out themselves.
Teaching clients to massage their own trigger points is very simple. You can do this yourself at home or anywhere. You need a tennis ball, and a few other round objects varying in size. All smooth and round. Smaller balls are great for the trigger points that are deep in the tissue. I watch for smooth round rocks every where I go. They work great for trigger points as well as reflexology on your own foot. Start by locating the trigger points creating problems. For the leg lay down put the tennis ball under the leg on the floor with it on the area of the trigger point. Gently roll the ball back and forth with your leg. Let the weight of the leg be where the pressure comes from, and smoothly roll it back and forth with your leg. Remember only 10-15 passes back and forth. If it begins to irritate you or worsen the pain it is time to stop. Continue on massaging each trigger point in the leg from the foot to the thigh. For back trigger points simple stand with your back against a wall. Place a ball between your back and wall in the location of the trigger point and move your body back and forth so the ball is rolling back and forth over trigger points. Repeat this step over each area that is sore. You can do this with the neck as well. You can use the same method on your arms. Depending on where your pain is you can use your hand to roll the ball back and forth over the area.
Reflexology can be more effective when used with trigger point therapy. While stimulating the body to function correctly, to heal itself, and detox you are also releasing those knots, loosing tense muscles and tendons. Relaxing and giving yourself and clients more relief.
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