If you have ever glanced at a reflexology chart, you might have seen how much it seems like a map for each area of the body. Reflexology is based on the holistic concept that by targeting these representative areas, called "reflexes," its corresponding body part or organ can be healed. The teeth and jaws are no exception and have areas dedicated to them on this projected map of the hands and feet.
Reflexes for the teeth and jaws are located all over the toes and fingers, from the tips to their bases. Although reflexology in general considers the feet the primary focus of therapy, Vicki Pitman in her book "Reflexology: A Practical Approach" advises targeting the areas on the hands for the head and neck areas. She believes these parts of the body are represented over a larger area on the hands and are also easier to reach on the hands than on the feet, making the treatment that much more effective if done on the hands.
The feet have teeth and jaw reflexes as well. According to Valerie Voner's book "The Everything Reflexology Book," the mouth, teeth and tongue are all represented on the great toe at the lower inner edge, the bottom of the toe pad and the toe base. The other toe areas are supportive and can also be pressed. She suggests holding the pressure for three seconds and then moving on to the next segment. She points out that the area for the mouth is located on the lower part of the great toe just above the second joint toward the inner edge.
For many people, dental visits can induce anxiety. While you wait to see your dentist in the waiting room, try massaging your fingers to see if it helps calm your nerves. This method does not involve medication, nor does it require any other item or device other than pressure from your own fingers.
Reflexology is said to improve blood flow to the target organs resulting in cleansing and healing. This can have generalized healthful effects throughout your body, according to practitioners. Voner's book quotes a study that suggests tooth pain might also be alleviated by reflexology. As the mouth is the beginning of the digestive system, targeting this area can have the dual benefit of stimulating dental and digestive areas, Voner asserts.
While reflexology has been used for many conditions and diseases, its practitioners do not claim it can be used to diagnose or cure any affliction. It merely presents itself as a complementary and alternative technique. A dental infection or condition left untreated can have serious consequences. Always seek conventional dental care if you have any serious mouth, tooth or jaw problem.