Reflexology & The Spine Reflex

Nature chose to protect the delicate structure of the brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves, by placing them within “protective armour”.

The brain is housed within the skull, and the vertebrae (backbones) are home to the spinal cord.

The spinal cord runs through  little holes in the vertebrae, then branches out along the spine and connects with the tissues of the body, providing them with nerve control.

The greater part of an individuals “well-being” depends on the condition of the spine.

In reflexology, the spine reflex point powerfully affects the upper, middle and lower back, along with the central nervous system.

By looking at the foot map, you will discover that everything contained on the right side of the body, is reflected on the right foot. And everything that is on the left side, is reflected on the left foot.

The spinal column equally divides the physical body in half. Therefore the spine reflex point, is equally divided between both feet (one on the right foot, one on the left).

Isn’t nature amazing!

This point runs from the base of the big toe, all the way down along the arch bone, to the heel.

If you take a finger and trace this area, you will actually feel a bone that curves along the arch of the foot. This bone represents the spine.

The toe portion represents the neck, the arch section is the upper and mid back, followed by the heel section representing the lower back.

Last summer while lifting a low coffee table off the floor, I pulled the hell out of my lower back.


I was instantly an invalid – having to crawl on the floor to get anywhere.

Unable to get my fingers to my feet, I used one of my hot stone reflexology stones to help me reach the spine reflex.

As soon as I touched the lower back reflex area…I felt intense sensitivity…which gave me the sign that I had reached the correct reflex point.

Fortunately I had some time off from work, so I was able to focus on my own self healing.

At first I could barely touch the area – so I worked gently and consistently for about 15 minutes – every hour.

Reflexology often has a delayed reaction to it’s application. The energy used to help restore natural balance, must gradually move from the reflex point, to the area of concern – and this takes a little time.

Within a few hours, I was able to get enough relief to walk to the bathroom and soak in a tub of hot water and Epsom salts for 20 minutes. While soaking, I continued to work on the reflex.

The next day I felt tremendous relief but was still tender.  I continued to work every hour on the hour.

By the third day I could move about pretty normal, but continued to apply pressure.

~ It’s important to mention here – that as the body begins to mend, it will always start by relieving pain. However when working with natural healing modalities such as reflexology – it is imperative to follow through with additional work, until the reflex point looses all sensitivity. This is a sign that the work is complete.

By the fifth day I felt just like new.

However I was gentle with my body movements for the following week and continued to apply reflexology once a day…for good measure!

It continues to amaze me how effectively, powerfully and gently– reflexology supplies additional help to the body’s natural healing process.

So do yourself a favor…and begin to explore the many valuable gifts this modality offers you.

Start by making an appointment for a professional service – to get a good feel for it.

Please check out my book and foot map pages for additional education on this topic.

And remember, you do not have to have a physical concern for reflexology to be beneficial.

It works as a preventative tool too.

The hands can do wonderful things for the feet! well!

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Healing Yourself Through Foot Reflexology” – Mildred Carter/Tammy Weber