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Relief For Painful Shoulders

Nearly everyone likes to have their shoulders rubbed and for those few who don’t, it’s often because their shoulders are so sore to the touch that this normally relaxing activity can be painful. This is where the principle of reflexology can be particularly effective. However, even before reflexology, prevention should be the first line of self-care.

The area referred to as “shoulder” can be abroad one. It often includes shoulder joints, shoulder blades, the muscles between the shoulder blades, the area above the shoulder blades, upper back and base of feedback as well as the muscles above the collarbone. These places are all interrelated and therefore any treatment should consider the entire area. If the pain you are experiencing is a long-standing one or results from an injury, it is be best to seek medical care. Reflexology is never a substitute for proper medical attention.

However the majority of people carry stress somewhere in the shoulder area and many suffer the resulting effects of this stress. Prevention suggests that we try to determine the cause of the stress that we’re carrying. Perhaps it has to do with the way we are sitting, standing, or moving. Alternatively it may come from issues which need to be addressed or accepted. Once you’ve determined the preventative measures that ought to be taken, you can turn to reflexology for both preventive and palliative care.

According to reflexology, all the parts of the body have corresponding places, called reflexes, located on the ears, hands, and feet. By working these reflexes, relief of aches and pains and health imbalances can be achieved.

To work the shoulder reflex on your ear, place the tip of your index finger in the groove along your outer ear just above your earlobe. Place the tip of your thumb on the back of your ear so that you’re now holding that area in a pincher-like position. Gently rotate the tips of your thumb and index finger in a slow, firm, circular motion. If this area feels sensitive, continue to work it moving slightly above and below as you make the gentle circular movements. This tenderness is thought to indicate blockage or congestion in the corresponding part of your shoulder which has resulted from some stress you have experienced.

In your hands, the shoulder reflexes are located on the backs, opposite the ridge under your fingers. Work this area by placing your thumb on your palm and gently moving your index finger down the spaces between the long bones below the fingers toward the wrist. If any place in this area feels particularly sensitive, work it lightly and repeatedly.

The shoulder reflexes in the feet are found in an area analogous to those in the hands. To work the feet, rest your foot on the opposite knee. Place your thumb against the bottom of your foot and use your fingers to work down the spaces between the long bones below the toes. Use a gentle rolling movement and comfortable pressure. If any areas are tender, work them repeatedly and gently. The area between the second and third long bones is particularly effective for relief of shoulder discomfort. This is also true for the same area on the hands.

If your shoulder pain is long-standing, working the reflex areas repeatedly can be helpful, maybe for 10 minutes or so twice a day. Sometimes the area never improves. This may be because it is continually aggravated, and preventive measures should be looked at to ensure you’re not continually re-aggravating your shoulders. In any case, you now have information that is easy and comfortable to apply anytime anyplace to help with your back discomfort.