Reflexology and Migraine Headache Relief

scarlson By scarlson, 23rd May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Reflexology can help to treat and prevent migraine headaches. Headaches are very common health problems. An interesting study in Denmark shows how reflexology can help reduce and even eliminate migraine headaches.

Migraine Headache and Reflexology Research

Headaches are very common. It is estimated that 28 million people suffer from migraines each year in the U.S. The American Headache Society suggests that headaches negatively impact the economy of more than 13 billion dollars a year. A common solution for headaches is over-the-counter headache medication that costs Americans more than a billion dollars each year.

In Denmark, it is estimated that 3 million working days are lost every year due to headaches (Brendstrup E, Launso L, Eriksen L., Reflexions, March 1996, 10). The solution in Denmark, it seems, is reflexology.

Reflexology is the most widely utilized alternative health therapy in Denmark. It’s estimated that about one in four Danes have tried reflexology.

A nationwide reflexology study undertaken in Denmark examined the beneficial effects of reflexology on people suffering from migraine and tension headaches. The study was conducted at The Royal Danish School of Pharmacy with 220 patients and 78 trained Reflexologists from around Denmark (Brendstrup E, Launso L, Eriksen L., Reflexions, March 1996, 10).

Of interest, 90 percent of the research participants were taking prescribed headache medication and 36 percent of these participants experienced side effects from that medication. The majority of the research participants were suffering from moderate to severe symptoms.

The research findings revealed that after three months of a series of reflexology treatments, 81 percent of patients confirmed that reflexology had either completely cured or helped their symptoms. Almost 20 percent of the patients completely stopped taking medications they had been taking before the study.

Research can really help to demonstrate the benefits of using alternative forms of therapy such as reflexology. What it also reveals is that a lot can be said about these ancient healing practices.

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Please remember to always consult with your physician for the underlying reason for your pain and for a full and proper medical diagnosis, particularly if the pain persists. This information is provided for educational purposes only.


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author avatar Denise O
24th Sep 2012 (#)

Great information on reflexology. Thank you for sharing.:)

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