Ouch! Why does my big toe hurt?

I hear this question once in awhile from a client during a session. If I’ve just been working the pituitary/pineal gland reflex, I normally will ask the client “How are you sleeping lately?”. Often the answer will be “Oh, I’m having a horrible time getting to sleep,” or “I fall asleep OK, but I wake up during the night and have a hard time getting back to sleep.”

To put it in really simplistic terms, the pineal gland is responsible for secreting melatonin which controls your biological rhythms. If that gland is out of balance it may be responsible for trouble dropping off to sleep, staying asleep or sleeping deeply enough to feel rested. In addition, you’ll usually have a tender spot in the center of the plantar surface of your great toe on one or both feet. This is the location of the pineal gland reflex. By working on that reflex, I am often able to help clients who are having trouble sleeping. In fact, research studies done in China and France showed a better than 90% success rate in helping resolve sleep problems with Reflexology.

Reflexology can provide a wonderful alternative to prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications for helping improve your sleep. It simply helps your body balance itself, so there are no side-effects and no grogginess. Many of my clients who have had insomnia report that the problem resolves following a series of Reflexology sessions. One client with insomnia came for a couple of sessions but then didn’t show up for her next appointment. I tried to call her, but no answer. Later in the day I heard back from her. She’d been sleeping so deeply that she hadn’t heard either the alarm or the phone and said “Well, at least we know the Reflexology is working!”

So, if your big toe hurts, I’d ask you to consider whether you are having any difficulty sleeping. If so, you might want to give Reflexology a try!

This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment.  The information presented here represents my summarization of research information and my clients’ verbal reports. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.

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4 Responses to Ouch! Why does my big toe hurt?

  1. erin kammeyer says:

    My big toe hurts right in the middle of my pad but I’m sleeping great. Whats the deal? I just ordered these new wedges for a show coming up and really don’t want my sore toe to stop me from wearing them

    • Susan Mix says:

      Hi Erin – sometimes it can just be a sore toe caused by other factors. It’s always best to check with your doctor and if he or she finds no cause, then try Reflexology to see if it can alleviate the soreness. In some cases the reflex will become sore before you see other symptoms.

  2. paulette says:

    I have been having the same thing, my big toe hurts so bad, try sleeping with your feet out from under the cover, also, it’s one of the first signs of Gout

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