- Very interesting reaction today. Right in the centre of the median arch of the foot almost on the foot itself was a very sensitive spot which gave the client severe cramping. Fortunately it is a reacton she was already aware of and apologised for not telling me! Was able to work the rest of the area and from kidney, down urinary tract to bladder with no issues. Only thing I could think of is that it is linked to her IBS. She also had very sensitive areas at the thoracic/lumbar area with no reported back issues. Possibly linked to the IBS via inneravation?
- Also I was able to ease the pain on the spinal reflex with a few seconds of soft pressure.
- The area you describe sounds like the end and beginning (on each foot) of the transverse colon (if I'm understanding your description correctly) so this would make perfect sense that it was associated with her IBS. Sometimes reflexes are not in exactly the same spot on the feet from one client to another as indeed they do vary slightly in the body itself. As the colon is a muscle it could also make sense that the foot was cramping when the bowel reflex was worked on - as the bowel may have been cramping at the same time. Be interested to here other theories too.
- Yes, I also linked the cramping in her foot and the spasmodic nature of IBS. Although then I wondered if that was too obvious!
So let us begin by detecting the spot that triggered the cramping.
If I have understood correctly, the area at hand would be the reflex area for the large intenstine (transverse colon) in the 1st zone (Right in the centre of the median arch). This would be around the joint medial cuneiform and navicular bones. This area is a "tricky one", it has been referred to as a zone of confusion! The zone is illustrated in the picture (right).
Here, due to the confusion, it is proven how essential it is to observe and notice the result of the cramping. The "result" will tell us which muscle(s) are associated and following the zone and meridian. What could follow is initially placing/naming the reflex area and then working this area out, either it being a reflex area, a muscle, a tendon sheath, a nerve sheath, or trigger point.
Red structures are solar plexus and mesenteric plexus according to Nerve reflexology and Hanne Marquardt mapping. Adrenals are somewhere there also!
So if the 1st toe plantar flexed it would be the flexor hallucis longus tendon with the associated brevis hallucis muscle.
If the foot everted and plantar flexed it would be the peroneus longus tendon .
If the foot inverted and plantar flexed it would be the tibialis posterior muscle as "The main portion inserts into the tuberosity of the navicular and the plantar surface of the first cuneiform."
The latter seems the most attractive hypothesis because the Reflexologists asking states:
1st "Also I was able to ease the pain on the spinal reflex with a few seconds of soft pressure. = insertion of main protion.
And 2nd "She also had very sensitive areas at the thoracic/lumbar area with no reported back issues."
And this tendon has attachments as described: The plantar portion inserts into the bases of the second, third and fourth metatarsals, the second and third cuneiforms and the cuboid.
Now there is this issue with the clients IBS - Irritable bowel syndrome, and all visceral issues that proceed well with the "complementary help" of Reflexology!
In their book, Barral and Croibier (pg 10) describe something interesting having to do with the plantar and palmar surface of the feet and hands, exactly the areas reflexologists focus their work on.
“These dysfunctions are found typically at the distal ends of the extremities; They mainly occur when nerves with a high neurovisceral portion* are involved, like the median nerve or the tibial nerve.”