Many of us would agree that foot massages are incredibly relaxing after a long day on our feet, so we're happy to tell you that they're also beneficial for your health. Having a foot massager at home allows you to reap all the benefits of massage, and, fortunately, you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for one.
Benefits of Massage
Foot rubs may feel good but they also boost your health in a variety of ways. Manipulating the muscles triggers a release of chemicals and stimulates blood flow, enhancing circulation. The circulatory system is responsible for delivering oxygen to different parts of the body, so it's crucial that it runs properly to maintain regular bodily functions, plus promote not only better skin and hair growth.
Improving circulation is especially important for people with diabetes, as the disease can cause neuropathy (nerve damage as a result of high blood sugar). Diabetic neuropathy mainly affects the legs and feet, and symptoms range from numbness and pain to issues with blood vessels, the heart, the digestive system, and the urinary tract, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In addition to strengthening circulation, foot massages can relieve discomfort caused by painful conditions like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and fallen arches. While massages may not fix the root issue, they can alleviate the agony of inflammation.
Massage can also reduce swelling. People who have had surgery, women suffering from PMS, and even those who have just been on their feet for awhile, may find that their lower extremities are swollen. Luckily, a gentle, soothing massage can help remove excess fluid. (Pregnant women also deal with ankle and foot swelling but we highly recommend seeing a trained practitioner to avoid any health risks rather than trying an at-home foot massager.)
So, we've rounded up some fan favorite foot massagers — the hardest part will be figuring out which family member gets to use it first. Bring on the foot rubs!
Keep scrolling to shop Woman's World's picks for the best foot massagers under $200.
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