Can Reflexology help alleviate the condition or reduce the symptoms of Tinnitus?
What is Tinnitus?Tinnitus is a ringing, or buzzing, or singing noise in your ears. You have no control over the noise and it can happen all the time, or sometimes just at night. it is very frustrating and can affect your sleep, concentration and hearing.
Causes of TinnitusIt is still unclear what causes Tinnitus, but it is often associated with:
Ménière’s disease ( ia condition of the inner ear that causes sudden attacks of dizziness, nausea, vertigo, loss of balance, tinnitus, loss of hearing).
conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders or multiple sclerosis
anxiety or depression
certain medication, e.g. a side effect of some chemotherapy medicines, antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and aspirin
Although Tinnitus is a physical condition, if none of the above causes apply to you, perhaps you could consider emotional factors, for example subconsciously blocking out other options, refusing to hear the true self for fear of not being able to cope with the emotional turmoil that may be evoked.
How can Reflexology help?Reflexology is a natural therapy that may relieve, reduce or stop the symptoms of Tinnitus, the degree in which it can help will be related to the root cause of the Tinnitus.
A reflexologist would work the following reflexes:
- The Direct Reflex: the inner ear reflex, for ringing in the ear
- Helper Reflexes: the cervicals for nerve supply; the neck for nerve and blood supply, the small toes for fine-tuning and the big toes for the head area.
Reflexology can also focus on relaxation and calming techniques, to help with sleep as this can be severely affected when you suffer from Tinnitus. It is also useful to listen to relaxing music as it can help to take your mind off the ringing noise, and the use of aromatherapy essential oils, such as lavender and camomile.
The foot map below shows the location of the reflexes that a reflexologist would work, also workable by wearing Revs® footwear if you want to massage the areas on a daily basis for greater effect.