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Our feet bear the weight of the whole body and work hard for us every day. From rushing to work to meeting with friends and family to exercising, there’s no shortage of our time spent on our feet in a given week.
Yet while our feet are so deserving of love and affection, they’re the least pampered part of our body.
To look after our feet and appreciate them, it’s worth investing in a quality foot massager. After all, keeping hardworking feet strong, flexible, and loved with a daily foot massage is a great option for optimum health. Not only do regular foot massages benefit our bodies physically, but they improve our mental health too.
Want to learn of the plethora of benefits a foot massager offers? Keep reading.
Improves Blood Circulation
Those that follow a sedentary lifestyle and don’t use their feet muscles properly may suffer from poor blood flow. Also, certain types of shoes can affect blood circulation. These include tight or pointed shoes such as high heels.
A foot and calf massager can improve the blood circulation of unworked feet. This then assists with healing and keeping foot muscles and tissues nice and healthy.
This is even more important if you suffer from certain health issues that contribute to poor circulation or nerve damage. These health issues include diabetes or Raynaud’s disease, both of which limit blood flow in the body.
In such cases, regular massages can increase the life and movement of a limb, as well as the overall sensation of it.
If you need to improve your blood circulation, a 10 to 20-minute foot massage session before bedtime can help with the issue.
Even those that suffer from freezing feet can benefit from improved blood circulation via foot massage too. After all, a soothing foot massage is a fantastic way to warm up chilly feet on a cold winter’s day without having to cover up with two pairs of thick cosy socks.
Prevents and Heals Foot Injuries
Are you prone to twisting an ankle? Or perhaps you’ve already got a sore foot through an injury?
Massaging poorly feet can assist with joint pain and quicken recovery after an injury, as well as lessening muscle soreness.
However, it can also help prevent future injuries too. When foot massage is teamed with foot and ankle strengthening exercises and stretches, future foot injuries are less likely to occur.
To keep foot injuries at bay, short foot massage sessions of around three to five times a week will help you avoid foot injuries. After all, we can all be clumsy but with strong and flexible feet you can avoid more serious foot injuries.
That makes foot massages ideal for footballers and other sports members particularly.
Not only is foot massage great for our health, but a gentle and relaxing massage feels incredible too. After a long and stressful day at work, what better way to relax than with a soothing and calming foot massage? This feels all the better after a long day of walking and standing around, as the feet tend to largen in these cases.
Even a quick five to ten-minute foot massage before bed will make you feel more relaxed, but we bet you’ll prefer a longer session.
Insomnia is very common, but thankfully foot massage can help with a lack of shut-eye too.
The best time to unwind with a foot massage is straight before going to bed. After all, the comforting feeling of having your feet rubbed will help you unwind and will improve blood circulation, as mentioned before. This, in turn, helps in a better quality snooze.
The best part about foot massage and reflexology is that it helps reduce pain in other parts of your body that are separate from your feet.
What is reflexology, you may be wondering? Well, in reflexology, pressure is applied to specific areas of the feet. These areas link to different organs and areas of the body, and reflexology treatment is said to promote a healing response to these areas.
Reflexology is one of the most popular types of foot massage, and for good reason too. The treatment goes beyond the comforting feelings of foot massage, working deeper than the skin and muscles to improve other parts of the body. In reflexology, there’s a method to the massage that centre around certain points of the foot.
A good foot massage can help treat and soothe aches and pains including headaches, migraines, neck pain, and lower and upper backaches. And, of course, it can help lessen sores and pain in feet too.
Fights Depression and Anxiety
As mentioned, not only do foot massage and reflexology improve your physical health, but it helps in fighting mental illnesses too. This includes depression and anxiety. Foot massage activates the nervous system, delivering feel-good brain chemicals like endorphins which improve the mood.
Certain areas on the feet are particularly useful in reducing symptoms of depression. Applying pressure or massaging these areas for a few minutes two or three times a day can help alleviate depression symptoms. If you’re short on time, this isn’t much time to dedicate to foot massages at all.
While a lovely foot massage can boost the mood for most people, hitting the right spots in the feet go beyond a temporary mood improvement. Ongoing sessions will over time significantly reduce depression and anxiety symptoms and can serve as a successful way to help with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Likewise, those suffering from feelings of sadness, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, headaches, and mood swings linked with PMS will welcome the benefits of a foot massage during those tough times of the month. Most of these nasty symptoms can be improved with daily foot massages during this period.
However you’re feeling, even a quick foot massage can reduce stress and improve your mood. This is great because reducing stress and boosting the mood will, in turn, help you make healthy and happy choices, such as exercising regularly and eating healthily.
Makes Feet Healthier
Regular foot massages also give you the chance to keep an eye out for other feet-related issues, such as sores, corns, and ingrown toenails. With frequent foot massages, you can ensure that feet stay clean, healthy, and issue-free.
Not only can you avoid the issues listed above, but foot massage also keeps the muscles around the feet stimulated, reduces stiffness, and lessens any pain in the ankles or the heels.
Oedema is the swelling that occurs in the feet and ankles due to fluid retention and the issue is very common in pregnant women, especially those in the last trimester.
In other cases, it can occur in other specific parts of the body due to trauma. Oedema s can occur in the feet and legs in people suffering from various conditions including diabetes, heart issues, and problems with the kidneys.
Thankfully, this condition can be improved by daily foot massages teamed with plenty of rest and a healthy diet. A nursing school in Turkey discovered that foot and lower leg oedema resulting from pregnancy was significantly lessened in women who experienced daily foot massages.
Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, is common in both men and women today. While high blood pressure can result from various factors including stress and an unhealthy diet, in many cases there doesn’t seem to be a direct cause. Generally, high blood pressure is believed to be the result of a mix of environmental factors and genetics.
The good news is that regular foot massages can help with lowering the blood pressure too. As well as improving blood circulation, doctors in South Korea discovered that there was an impressive reduction of systolic pressure in test subjects that received foot massages and reflexology treatments during a study.
The same study went on to learn that triglyceride levels were also significantly reduced in the subjects receiving foot massages and treatments.
Ready to Invest in a Foot Massager?
As we’ve learned, investing in a foot massager is more advantageous to both physical and mental health than many would realise. Depending on your issues, usually, it only takes around ten to twenty minutes a few times a week to reap the wonderful benefits of foot massage without much work. Plus, we can all agree that a food massage feels incredible!
To learn more about the foot massagers we offer, please feel free to get in touch with us.