Foot Massagers Help Relieve Foot Ulcers and More
Trying to heal diabetic foot ulcers is often difficult and takes a lot of time. A research study found that compressed air massage decreased the time it took to heal diabetic foot ulcers. They suggest that it may work by improving local circulation and that it has the potential to be used to supplement standard surgical and medical treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.
1. Relaxation and Stress Relief with Shiatsu Foot Massager
Foot massage can be just as effective at easing your worries. 2013 research found that staff who took care of dementia patients – a stressful and demanding role – experienced lower levels of anxiety and better moods after just ten minutes of foot massage.
Earlier research has also found that a five minute foot massage helped relax and reduce stress in critical care patients; while a hand or foot rub was seen to bring emotional comfort to those grieving the death of a loved one.
2. Better Sleep
Just one of the incredible benefits of reflexology is its ability to help you overcome disturbed sleeping patterns and insomnia.
Massaging your feet before you go to bed will help you relax and let go of the day’s stresses. To enjoy a really deep sleep, pay special attention to the solar plexus reflex which houses a lot of your stress.
The solar plexus can be found if you gently squeeze the top of the foot inward and search for a little dimpled space. Press and massage this area for a blissful night’s rest.
3. Improved Circulation with Heated Foot Massage
Have you ever got cold or numb feet before? Or even got a tingling in your toes for no reason? Or perhaps you suffer chilblains. These are all signs of poor circulation in the feet – something which can be greatly improved upon with regular foot massages.
Due to our sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and restrictive footwear our circulation is often impaired.
4. Reduce High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious condition that can increase your risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.
Lifestyle changes – including eating the right foods – can lower your blood pressure levels significantly, as can regularly massaging your feet.
A Korean study found that systolic blood pressure and blood triglyceride levels were both improved following a relaxing foot massage.
Other research discovered that hypertensive patients receiving reflexology treatments specifically targeted at reflexes to reduce blood pressure enjoyed so much improvement in their symptoms that they were able to reduce dosages of their high blood pressure medications while undergoing the massage therapy!
5. Helps Pevent Injury and Fasten Your Recovery
Massaging the feet can help with joint pain and aid recovery after an injury, as well as reduce muscle soreness.
It can also prevent future injuries such as plantar fasciitis – one of the most common causes of heel pain which sees the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of your foot and connecting your heel bone to your toe becoming painful and inflamed.
Too much standing, running, sports involving lots of jumping or hard landing, being overweight and wearing shoes with inadequate support all put you at risk of plantar fasciitis.
6. Alleviation of Headaches and Migraines
If you suffer frequent headaches and migraines, give reflexology a go. Specifically, try these six acupressure regions for migraine relief.
Danish research, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, followed the response of 220 patients to six months of reflexology.
After just three months, 81% of the patients claimed that the foot massages either considerably helped or completely healed their headache problems, and 19% who previously took medication to manage their condition were able to stop taking it!
Here are 17 other natural ways to banish headaches fast, without resorting to drugs.