3 Relieving Massages For Pressure Points On Feet

It began with Chinese medicine

‘Tis the season of tired feet! With holiday and end of year crunch time in full swing, it’s useful know there is a quick and easy path to relief in minutes. Few things feel better than a foot massage that warms tissues, increases circulation, and carries off metabolic waste. In fact, ancient practices and a growing body of medical research even suggest that massaging specific pressure points on your feet can heal conditions affecting entirely different parts of your body.

The belief that putting pressure on certain areas of your feet can heal ailments elsewhere is called reflexology. It stems from traditional Chinese medicine. “The idea is that energy, called ‘chi,’ flows through the body along particular pathways, or meridians,” says Denis Merkas, an acupuncturist and massage therapist who co-founded Melt: Massage for Couples with his wife, Emma. “When there’s a problem in the body, we’re usually talking about blockages of chi.”

Does science back it up?

The science behind reflexology remains unclear, but a great deal of research shows that it is effective at soothing and managing pain. In 2014, an audit of British physiotherapists found that reflexology was effective at reducing pain and inducing relaxation in people with chronic pain. Studies also show that foot massage can help reduce pain after breast surgery. Further studies show that reflexology can reduce anxiety in people about to undergo medical testing or hospitalization.

Foot massage for anxiety

Here are Merkas’s instructions for a foot massage that can lower anxiety.

  1. Curl your toes. You should see a small depression just below the ball of your foot.
  2. Place the pad of your thumb on this depression.
  3. Hold on to the top of your foot with your other hand.
  4. Massage the area in small circles.
  5. Alternate this with holding the area firmly and pressing down.

One study showed that people with low back pain saw better results with reflexology than with massage of the lower back itself.

If you want to treat your back to some reflexology, focus the massage on the arches of your feet and follow these steps:

  1. Concentrate on the pressure points in your arches. Merkas suggests using a few drops of oil or lotion for lubrication.
  2. Moving from the heel to the toes, alternate moving your thumbs in a series of short strokes.

“You can also use your thumbs to press in and ‘cat walk’ along the arch, like a cat making its bed,” says Merkas.

Foot massage for general pain

Myofascial release therapy targets the thin tissue that covers your muscles, bones, and organs. The pain in these tissues originates at trigger points that are hard to localize, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Self-treatment is something I encourage all my clients to do,” says Rachel Gottesman, OTR/L, owner of Body Ease Therapy. “I use myofascial release therapy and it works by gentle, sustained pressure on areas of restrictions.” Gottesman suggests thinking of the myofascial tissues as a three-dimensional, interconnected web. Tightness in one place, like your feet, can pull the web out of place in other spots.

To perform myofascial release, follow these steps:

  1. Sit in a comfortable chair or on a sofa.
  2. Place a golf or tennis ball on the floor, just under your foot.
  3. Roll the ball around with your foot until you find a sensitive spot, or pressure point.
  4. Press down with your foot just enough to feel the point soften.
  5. Hold for 3 to 5 minutes.

Don’t continue to roll the ball — that doesn’t allow the pressure to go deep enough.

The takeaway

There’s mounting evidence to suggest that massaging your feet’s pressure points could be good for your health. And scientific opinion aside, it certainly feels good! Enjoy exploring your pressure points and learn which angles and how much pressure suit you.

A special note for people with diabetes: Check with a doctor before massaging, since diabetic nerve damage could be affected by pressure.

One thing is certain, our feet do take a beating, and deep massage can make them feel so good that you forget about other aches and pains.

Reviewing Foot Massagers

When reviewing foot massagers most people will look at the price. The factors for getting the right foot massagers should not just be if they are cheap or not. The quality is also important as well as its efficiency. There should be several things to consider when getting a foot massager.

Factors in Getting Foot Massagers

Several factors come to mind when getting a foot massager. Here are a few factors:

Endurance – You need to look at its endurance. There is no point getting a foot massager that will break the first time you turn it on. The built of the foot massager should be rugged but still comfortable to your feet.

Speed Variations – Each foot massager will have various levels of speed where the bubbles are activated if it is a water based foot massager like the white Homedics FB-30 Bubble Bliss Foot Bubbler with Heat or the Homedics FMS-200HB-CA Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager, 1-Count.

Vibration or Kneading – You have to determine also what you want the foot massager to do. Do you want it to knead under your feet like a true massage? Or, do you want it simply to vibrate under your feet in order to loosen up the muscles? If you take for example, the Dr. Scholl’s Shearling Foot Massager with Heat, it acts like a slipper you slipped your feet in and it vibrates giving you a massage effect to both feet.

Easy to Store – Most of the foot massagers available on the market today are easy to store. If you have a small apartment and need to store it after its use, you will have to consider a foot massager easy to put in the closet or under your bed. It must be also light in weight so you can carry it to your desired relaxing location. You may also want to bring it with you on a business trip after some long standing hours.

Preset or Manual – Many foot massagers will have regulators where you can preset your vibration. This is important because once you adopt a setting you like and that is efficient for your feet, you can leave it on that preset and not bother to change it the next time. One foot massager which has an excellent preset function is the Sunny Health&Fitness SH-0601 Foot Massager

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Sunny Health&Fitness SH601

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there are other factors to consider other than price when looking to buy a foot massager that will work for you. While we are talking of price an affordable and efficient foot massager you may want to look at is the Dr. Scholl’s DRFB7007B Ultimate Pampersing Foot Spa with Aroma Therapy at a reasonable price of $39.99 in our Healthy and Happy Feet Store and also the Dr. Scholl’s DRMA7802B Arctic Heat Foot Massager at $53.78 also in our Happy Feet Store.

Foot Massagers – Bottom Line

The bottom line when getting a foot massager and especially if you are a diabetic is to get the right foot massager for you. You may want to give on the price a bit in order to get a quality item that will ease the pain in your ankles and under your feet.

Foot Massage for your Needs

When looking at what kind of foot massage stimulator, it is important to get the one you feel you will need. It may be a  massage stimulator for your feet that will provide a deep kneading and heat. Or you may just need a basic stimulator. Below we look at some products that may be providing what you need in getting the right foot massage stimulator. One of the first ones we will look at is the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager. The HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager provide a deep Shiatsu style of massage for your feet. Let’s look at some of its basic features.

HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager

 

The HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager has twelve massage nodes that gives you extended foot coverage, while soothing heat gives you the relaxing massage you desire. Convenient toe-touch control makes using the Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager simple and easy, giving you the foot massage you want, when you want it.

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Features:

  •  Deep Kneading Shiatsu simulates a true foot massage
  • 12 Massage Nodes for extended foot coverage
  • Soothing Heat for a more relaxing massage
  • Convenient Toe-Touch control lets you choose massage or massage and heat combined

Product Details

  • Color: Silver
  • Brand: HoMedics
  • Model: FMS-200H
  • Published on: 2013-08-20
  • Released on: 2013-01-01
  • Dimensions: 4.20″ h x 12.40″ w x 13.75″ l, 4.40 pounds

When looking at the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager you must keep in mind that this foot massage stimulator will give you a deep kneading Shiatsu foot massage. Its heat soothing will enhance the kneading effect while helping in relaxing your feet after a long day of standing. With the twelve massage nodes you will get this extended foot coverage. One awesome feature about the HoMedic Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager is its convenient toe-touch control making it simple and easy to control. The HoMedic is easy to acquire whether online through our Amazon Store – Healthy and Happy Feet or simply by visiting any drugstore.

HoMedic Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager Opinion

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People who have used the HoMedic Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager have expressed  positive comments about this product. Most of the people were amazed on how this product was not excessively noisy and relatively quiet. It creates a lot of stimulation and accomplishes the relaxation needed for your feet. Ideal to use before going to bed, this product can be used also for your hands after a long day working on your computer.  The price for this foot massage stimulator is also very cheap at the price listed online for its benefits that it provides. Mainly ranging around $60.00, the HoMedic Shiatsu Elite Massager is a very affordable to protect your feet from long standing periods or long walks/runs.