I didn’t know a lot about tinnitus until about a year ago when out of the blue my husband developed it. It is a ringing or other noise such as whistling or buzzing sound and can be in one or both of your ears, it is more common than I realised affecting 15-20% of people. My husband sought advise form his GP and also a specialist, the bottom line is there really isn’t a lot they can do. It can come and go, in his case it didn’t go at all, he downloaded the various sounds the specialist had recommended he listen to (a bit like white noise but called brown noise) which I guess distracts you from the high-pitched noise you are constantly putting up with. It can be a distressing and distracting problem and a depressing feeling when there isn’t much the medical world can advise. The first step is to evaluate your overall health and treat any underlying problems. Look at your diet, exercise and sleep pattern, you may notice something that triggers your tinnitus.
So where does Reflexology come in?
Reflexology is a pressure point massage of the feet. The entire body is mirrored on the feet and by applying pressure to specific points on your feet can kick start your body’s natural healing process. Reflexology may not be a scientifically proven medical treatment for disease, but studies suggest it’s a helpful complementary treatment, especially for stress and anxiety.
When I began treating my husband, he noticed a reduction in his tinnitus almost immediately, and after a few treatments it had reduced to a level he could cope with. It has now gone completely however stress is definitely a trigger and when he has a heavy workload for example, he will notice his tinnitus return. We initially started with one treatment per week, followed by monthly maintenance treatments now to keep this at bay and I’m happy to report that he definitely benefits from these treatments and his bouts of tinnitus are now rare, so if you are suffering with tinnitus it may be worth considering.
Above all else, Reflexology is a lovely treatment, it induces a state of relaxation and reducing stress can only be a good thing.