High blood pressure, often called the silent killer, can go undetected and lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Most high blood pressure can be diagnosed and treated through common, natural solutions like weight loss and dietary restrictions like cutting salt intake or limiting alcoholic drinks.
However most high blood pressure is addressed through patient medication prescriptions. Because of the seriousness of the condition, it is always recommended to take and stick to your physician’s advice – but you can supplement your blood pressure treatment with some reflexology.
Reflexology helps overall circulation in the body, and when your reflexologist targets your heart and related organs for cardiovascular health, it helps reduce your blood pressure.
A study was completed by Dr. Jesus Manzanares, M.D. at the University Hospital Vall DʼHebron and Sagrado Corazon Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Manzanares study looked at 54 patients with high blood pressure, and split them into two groups. One group would have a general reflexology treatment done on a regular basis, while the second group would have a specific targeted reflexology session. The target sessions would focus on the heart, predominant frontal cortex, sympathetic thoracic ganglions, and kidneys. When the testing was complete the doctor found that 50% (27 people) were able to achieve lower blood pressure levels, even while reducing their regular medication.
Which Areas of the Feet Will Help High Blood Pressure?
Your heart reflex is located directly under the big toes on both feet, and your kidneys are located almost directly in the middle of each foot. Your reflexologist will be able to target these areas and more to help you with a high blood pressure condition.
You can read the full reflexology and high blood pressure study document here (PDF).