Posted on: August 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm
Last updated: October 2, 2018 at 12:34 pm

As reported in The Telegraph and The Times of India, reflexology may be just as effective as mild painkillers like aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. [1] [2]

In a 2013 study, participants were asked to submerge their hands in ice water for as long as possible. Reflexology was then applied to hands and feet. Participants were then asked to submerge their hands again. The study showed that those who received proper reflexology (as opposed to a placebo-like alternative that did not employ proper reflexology techniques) could handle colder water for longer periods of time. Meaning that reflexology may be able to reduce pain by up to 40% and improve the time pain can be handled by 45%. [3]

While this particular study isn’t directly applicable to every reflexology point or routine, it does indicate that reflexology has a lot of medicinal potentials which have yet to be scientifically explored.

Reflexology Points for Joint Pain



Reflexology is a good way to increase blood circulation, restore balance to your body, reground your mind, and ease aches and pains. [4] And today, I’m talking about five, anecdotal reflexology points some of the most problematic joints to help ease pain of all sorts.


Knee pain is brutal. It happens from old injuries, carrying extra weight, walking or running on hard surfaces, or just from life. They’re the most commonly replaced joint in the human body. To prevent the pain, expense, and time-off for a knee replacement (nearly a year total), you can press a spot on your foot to help ease the pain. [5]

The reflexology spot for your knee joints is on each foot. The spot is located on the outside of the foot, before the heel and at the end of the foot arch. To find this, find the middle of your ankle bone and run your fingers straight down the side of your foot, just before the sole. Press that spot firmly. To get good pressure, use your thumb to press the spot and wrap your fingers around the other side of your foot. [5]


Elbow pain is a much rarer occurrence than knee pain, and to my knowledge,  only happens after you’ve experienced an injury to your elbow.

The reflexology point here is in your hand. Look at your palm, locate the split between your ring and pinky finger, trace down, you should be able to feel the bones of your knuckles. Press at the bottom of the joint.  [6]



Shoulders wear out fast, but they also end up hurting if you sleep in a weird position. Particularly, if you sleep with your hands up by your head, or if a beloved pet falls asleep on your arm and you just can’t bear to move them. [7]

This spot is super easy to locate. Look at the bottom of your foot. See the big, padded area beneath your pinky toe? That’s your shoulder spot. Give it a good press. For this one, I actually like to tuck a golf ball underneath that spot and put pressure on it. It hurts ‘so good’ as it were –  a healthy pain. [7]



This is certainly a trouble spot for women as they get older.

The hip area is located on the outside of the foot. Just beneath and slightly forward of the ankle bone. Apply serious pressure here. To get a good amount of pressure, wrap your fingers around your foot and squeeze. [8]

There is another spot on your hand for hip pain, looking at your hand, it’s the meaty part of the heel of your palm opposite where your thumb ends (closest to the wrist). Press the side of your hand firmly. [8]

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For more information on joint pain and natural treatment remedies, watch this helpful video featuring The Hearty Soul’s health experts.

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