What is the relationship between the brain and the feet? Over 4,000 years ago, foot massage as therapy for the body was included in a Chinese medical book. The idea, now termed reflexology, proposes that there are paths throughout the body that connect the organs. These energy carrying paths, called meridians, come to the surface on points of the foot known as acupoints. The Chinese and many practitioners today, believe that massaging these points on the foot will open up and send energy to the correlating part of the body. This energy is said to restore balance and function to the body’s organs.
What’s the difference between a foot massage from someone you love and reflexology? The answer: having a map! That’s right; reflexology holds that each point on the foot corresponds with a part of the body. In fact, if you want to impact the brain with this technique, you manipulate the tips of the big toe, second toe, and third toe. Glands associated with the brain are said to have their points on the padding of the big toe. Using your fingertips you can rub the area lightly with a downward motion, or press the point with your forefinger and thumb. Reflexology charts show the exact correlations. A deep massage of the foot is said to promote stress relief, address headaches and sleep problems, and improve issues like depression and anxiety.
While there is little to no reliable scientific data to support this practice, we know how foot pain can affect your daily life. We know that your foot pain can be treated and treatment can make you enjoy walking once again.
Dr. Sanjay Patel understands that the feet are an indicator of the body’s overall health. Are you suffering from pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles? Don’t delay; call our Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736, or the Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055. You can also make an appointment online.