Your feet take a pounding seven days a week. You put your entire weight on them, walking, chasing after your children, going upstairs, moving heavy objects and jumping. While your feet are designed to take the use to which you put them, at the end of a long, hard day, they need some pampering, which can benefit your overall health.
Different Foot Massagers
The type of foot massage you are looking for will influence the kind of massager you’ll want to use. If you suffer from foot pain – temporary or chronic – a deep tissue foot massager will actually work on the muscles within your feet, manipulating and stretching them, thus relieving that irritating pain.
Do you stand all day long, making your feet sore and fatigued? Then, a thumper-type foot massager might help as you sit back and allow it to do its work. This type of massager delivers a percussive, or thumping motion that penetrates all layers of the muscles in your feet.
Think Shiatsu massage. The roller balls of this kind of massager roll over the muscles of your feet, helping you to release stress and tension.
An electrical foot massager that uses low frequency electrical stimulation, like the Advanced Electro Reflex Energizer, stimulates different areas of your feet based on the principles of acupressure and reflexology. This type of massager benefits your whole body as well as your feet, utilizing a pounding, pulsing or massaging action.
A good foot massager doesn’t have to operate with electricity. A body rolling acupressure massager enables you to sit and roll your feet over two balls with little nubs can work wonders for your feet.
Benefits of Foot Massagers
Your feet are among the most important – and most heavily used – parts of your body. Because of this, you’re tired at the end of the day. Whether your job requires you to stand for long hours, walk long distances or move only intermittently, you subject your feet to a lot of use – and abuse. Especially if you have an old foot injury, even ordinary us e can make them hurt.
A well-made foot massager can help you release all that stress and pain – which helps the rest of your body. When your body feels foot pain, this makes the rest of your body feel less than healthy. In addition, if you are favoring one of your feet, this throws your posture off, putting you at risk of developing tight muscles and tension in other areas of your body, such as your legs, buttocks, back or shoulders. Therefore, a good foot massage will help you avoid pain in other areas of your body.
There are some risks involved in using a foot massager. Many individuals including pregnant women, diabetics, those with contagious skin diseases, kidney disease, heart failure, bleeding disorders, those with blood clots in their legs, phlebitis and cellulitis may want to check with their physician to make sure it is okay to use a foot massager.