If your feet are the “wheels” of your body, then hips and legs are the load-bearing components that keep you properly supported and stand upright. Just think about it: When your feet take a few steps, your legs are right there to move and receive the load.
Obviously, your leg and hip can have some problems, and luckily, there are ways to help you address – and likely correct – any instabilities that may be triggering or exacerbating the pain. By ensuring that your energy is flowing with proper synchronization, you can also put your body in optimum shape to recover from any disease or disabilities that may be causing the pain.
Legs get intense workout throughout the day. Whether you are dancing, standing, driving, walking, or doing any activity you do each day, your legs are dealing with a huge amount of strain or stress. And don’t forget those lifting tasks. By now, everyone has heard common advices like “lift with your legs, to avoid back injury and pain” Well, that’s a good thing for your back – but unfortunately your poor legs may suffer.
Knees and hips face their share of challenges and problems, too. To allow you to move in any direction, your hips are designed with a very flexible motion. And the most difficult task for joints is to offer great stability while allowing a good deal of movement. No wonder your hips get sore and tired. Stiffness and pain in the hips (can happen more often as we age) can make it more difficult to do daily tasks and even simple movements. Your knee may seem like a simple joint, it is actually a good balance between opposing forces to align movements. Of course, with many different forces, you can expect many different problems. Without doubt, knees are where both athletes and people with sedentary lifestyle often have problems.
These are most common leg problems, all of which can be cured with typical reflexology and acupressure procedures:
• Muscle injuries and cramps: People often experience discomfort on legs, for example, muscle cramps. Cramps are often felt in the calves and may strike during or after experiencing physical exertion, like an exercise. Muscles are also vulnerable to injuries due to of accidents or over-exertion. Anyone who has suffered a strained or torn muscle knows how dreadful those injuries can be. Acupressure and reflexology can help those sore areas, relieving blood flow and increasing nourishment on muscle cells. Dehydration can trigger or aggravate leg cramps. Be sure that you’re properly hydrated, especially when performing an exercise.
• Knee problems: It can be incredibly debilitating and painful. Unfortunately, they’re also quite common – especially for those who are highly active. Most highly active people subject their knees with moderate to high amount of strain. Anyone who enjoy sports matches knows how often players are sidelined for a knee problem.
• Vein-related conditions: Large percentages of health problems that happen in the legs often involve the veins. These are vessels that return blood to the heart from your legs. (While, arteries distribute nutrient-rich blood from your heart to other body parts.) About two-thirds of our blood supply is present at the veins, at one time. Treating leg diseases are often related to improving the circulatory conditions; you should use caution when dealing with serious leg conditions and don’t use direct pressure on any sore vein. These are diseases that can affect many people:
• Varicose veins are perhaps the most popular vein-related leg problem. It happens when veins become enlarged and swollen. Typically, this condition is related to large blue veins that more easily visible through your skin. Most cases of varicose veins happen in women. Heredity factor plays a role, although all women are subjected to greater risk when they’re pregnant. This condition is not just a cosmetic-related problem. They may interfere with your blood flow and cause problems on circulation system. Reflexology and acupressure are ideal for healing those with qi and blood circulation problems. A proper acupressure session avoid pressing on a varicosity; just with light contact and no pressure whatsoever on the top of the enlarged, swollen, and painful vein.
• Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a situation in which blood clots form deep inside a vein in the pelvic region or leg. Although this condition may cause circulation problems and cramping, the life-threatening risk is that a lump of blood clot will get loose and travel to our heart or lung – which can be lethal. People who spend long hours sitting (especially in uncomfortable and cramped conditions, like a tiny cubicle) or lying continuously on bed are at higher risk of developing DVT. It is a dangerous and potentially deadly condition that should not be treated with acupressure. Even just a light pressure on the blood clot may release it into your blood circulation. Only an expert acupressure therapist should work with this condition. Most reflexology methods can be used more effectively as long as the patient is under supervision and medical care.
• Restless leg syndrome or RLS: This is a common leg-related problem which affects up to ten percent of the population. Although not particularly dangerous, this disease can still be very disruptive and painful to the patient, especially if they are experiencing a severe case. The common symptoms are an almost irresistible urge to move both legs and the strange sensation – often felt like a “creepy-crawly” feeling – on your legs. These symptoms happen most often and most seriously when patients are lying down. Consequently, getting a good night’s sleep is nearly impossible for those with RLS. In ancient Chinese medicine, restless legs are considered a disorder that can be corrected by smoothing qi flow or directing unruly qi. This can be done effectively with reflexology and acupressure. If you choose a professional therapist, he/she may use some herbs as well.
Alcohol, chocolate, and caffeine frequently aggravate the RLS symptoms. Likewise, some prescription medications (for example those used to treat depression and high blood pressure) can also sometimes make the symptoms worse. If you have RLS, ask the doctor for advice on anything you should avoid.