The Surprising Benefits Of Foot Massagers

Benefits Of Foot Massagers

There is nothing more relaxing than treating yourself to a foot massage after a long day on your feet. The rubbing motions can ease tension, and soothe the various aches and pains that commonly plague your feet. While you already know that a foot massage can help you relax, you might be surprised to learn that there are other benefits to getting a foot massage. Not only does it feel good, getting your feet rubbed can also improve your overall health.

Benefits of a Foot Massage

foot massager reflecting areaWhile you are soothing your aching feet with a massage, you are also helping to improve circulation. Research has shown that massaging your feet for 10 minutes a day can dramatically improve blood flow to your lower extremities. Not only is this especially important for people with diabetes, but it can also help to improve the appearance of varicose veins. You also get the benefit of improved heart health with better circulation.

Regular foot massages can also help to lower high blood pressure that is often caused by stress and tension. A Danish research study found that a short foot massage three times a week was effective at reducing high blood pressure and treating migraine headaches. This was especially true for people who used a reflexology foot massagers. These types of foot massagers target the pressure points on your feet, similar to the methods used in acupuncture therapy. The rubbing motions help to ease stress and pain that is often the cause of these health problems. As an added bonus, you will also notice an improvement in your general mood.

Foot Massagers and Athletes

Not only does a foot massager relieve the aches and pains you get in your feet from playing your favorite sport, it can also help prevent injuries. The massaging motions can soothe joint and muscle pain from your workouts, and when it is combined with strengthening exercises you can prevent some ankle and foot injuries. This can also help you heal faster from a preexisting injury. The massage and strengthening exercises will improve flexibility, which can help prevent some of the common sports related foot and ankle injuries.

Along with helping to prevent painful injuries, a foot massager can also bring relief to anyone suffering from flat feet or plantar fasciitis. Flat feet is defined as not having a foot arch, which acts an impact shock absorber. Without the arch the tissue in your foot can begin to deteriorate resulting in severe foot pain. When you combine the strengthening exercises with a deep foot massage not only can you relieve heel pain, but some people also see an improvement in their plantar fasciitis.

Improve Your Health with a Home Foot Massager

Not only can a foot massage relieve aches and pains, it can also improve your mood and your overall health. Now that it is possible to have a great foot massage in the privacy of your home, there is really no reason not to enjoy all of the benefits. The new foot massagers are portable, effective, and extremely affordable. Relax in front of the television after a long day at work, or enjoy the added benefits of a massaging foot spa in your bathroom. Walk and run without pain, and see an improvement in your energy level. All from doing something that feels amazingly relaxing to your feet.

Best foot massagers

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    TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller (Large) – Relieve Plantar Fasciitis, Heel & Foot Arch

    • Easy-to-use foot massage action
    • Portable for use in a variety of situations around the home
    • Built with tough wood that resists wear
    • A bit expensive for a manual foot massager
    • If used in only one feet is not comfortable for use

    While this model might not be among the most portable foot-pain relievers on the market, it is among the most reliable and successful. Its stable wooden base and the strong pressure exerted by its rollers make it an essential addition to just about any home.

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    MedMassager MMF06 11 Speed Foot Massager

    • Great warranty options to make sure your device will last
    • Although it doesn’t have a heat option, the increased blood circulation on your feet brought by the strong oscillation makes you feel like you’re being treated with infrared heat.
    • The oscillation produce a better blood flow not just in your feet but also towards your legs
    • The variable speed is really useful to adjust intensity
    • Can be used with your shoes on
    • More powerful than anything else out there
    • Built-in arch-bar for toes or heels.
    • Higher price point
    • Heavier and bulkier, can get a bit loud
    • No remote control

    This foot massager is best suited to those suffering severe foot/leg pain, serious circulation issues, and pain or cramps resulting from neuropathy or diabetes. The price point is higher than conventional foot massagers used for relaxation but as this is meant for therapeutic use, we think the price tag is more than justified.

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    Yamuna Body Rolling Foot Wakers

    • Very durable for its size
    • Efficient in terms of improving blood circulation
    • Very easy to use, also comes with an exercise guide
    • A bit expensive
    • Can be painful at first

    The Yamuna Body Rolling Foot Wakers are highly recommended for those suffering from foot ailments like plantar fasciitis. They are very durable and efficient in terms of enhancing blood flow throughout the feet and the whole body as well. They are must-have supplies for those who need regular massage on the feet.

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    Shiatsu Kneading Rolling Vibration Heating Foot & Calf Massager Personal Health Studio Leg Beaut

    • You can choose from a variety of different massage settings for your feet and calves.
    • The addition of the soothing heat helps to relax tight and tired tendons and muscles.
    • This top rated foot and leg massager will relieve tired, aching feet and calf muscles, and can improve the appearance of your legs.
    • The slightly higher price should be considered, even though this is one of the best home foot and leg massagers for sale.

    The Kendal Foot and Calf Massager is a comprehensive massager with promising benefits to the foot and calf. Even though it’s one of the highest priced models, this massager is one of the most feature-packed. It offers Shiatsu and Kneading massage, rolling, vibration and heating function.

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    Carepeutic Deluxe Motorized Foot and Leg Spa Bath Massager, Light Burgundy/Brown

    • The temperature can be easily adjusted ensuring that you don’t burn your skin when enjoying a good massage.
    • The foot massager works quietly
    • Even though the bubbles are not similar to the ones that you see on a professional spa service, it is preferred by users as the bubbles let the temperature drop quickly. The warm water gets circulated by the pump.
    • Can accommodate different foot sizes easily.
    • It automatically turns off after 30 minutes of operation. This can be a problem if you want to enjoy the massage longer.
    • The foot massager takes a bit long to get warm. In can take nearly 30 minutes before you can start using it.
    • People with unusually large feet can find it difficult to get the feet inside the massager.

    With four motorized rollers for your calves and feet, you can feel almost instantaneous results. You also have the benefit of the massaging water jets, and the heating element that soothes tense muscles and tendons. The deep basin comfortable fits your feet and legs, and you can also control the heat and temperature. The massaging bubbles help to re-energize tired feet and legs, and with repeated use you might even be able to notice your varicose veins disappearing.

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    Iliving MK-9199 Plus Newest Multi-Function Foot Massager / Leg Knee Angle Massager with Heat Therapy

    • The kneading and squeezing functions of the airbags and rollers can give you a complete massage.
    • It is multi-functional and this enables it to work on different parts of the body in an efficient manner. Knees, thighs, legs, feet, ankles and soles can all be massaged in an effective manner.
    • It can be easily adjusted to work on different angles.
    • The gentle air massaging action can target specific acupressure points improving blood circulation. Provides deep muscle and joint massage.
    • The control panel is easy to navigate and it can be adjusted for comfortable seating.
    • ETL certified
    • This is one of the heavier foot and leg massagers, which might make it difficult for travel.
    • The higher price might not be ideal for all budgets.
    • The massage settings are strong even at the lowest level.

    This powerful home massager can relieve pain and tension in your feet and legs, and it can even improve joint function in your knees. The massager can be easily adjusted for maximum comfort, and it is capable of targeting your pressure points. Relieve stress and tension, along with improving blood flow to your feet and legs. The kneading action will stimulate tired muscles, while the relaxing heat soothes away all of your aches and pain.

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    Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Switchable Heat | Cover Is Removable & Washable | One Year W

    • Ergonomic, small and quiet
    • Great job in providing deep-kneading massage to the soles and toes
    • It works more on your toes and the sole of the feet, but it barely touches the arch and heel
    • There are no clear instructions/information on how the “Pressure” buttons work.

    This is a great device for relaxing foot massagers as this device usually appeals to wide audience with a very affordable price point. Durable and highly customisable.

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    Conair Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights

    • Different Attachments – The various attachments enable you to customize your experience. You can choose what works best on your feet.
    • Multiple Settings – The multitude of settings in the machine make it easier to choose the any kind of massage you want. You can opt for bubbles only or a waterfall or the complete range of massage depending on your individual preference.
    • Removable Foot Rollers – If you don’t like to manually rub your feet on the rollers, you can choose to remove them.
    • Waterfall Setting – The waterfall massage setting helps get to the top of the feet and ankles. This provides a relaxing experience and minimizes the heat loss compared to bubbles massage.
    • Foot Space – The machine has a lot of foot space and this means that people with large feet can also fit their feet in and enjoy a relaxing massage.
    • Lightweight – It is lightweight and this makes it easy to move around.
    • Loud and Noisy – Everything about this foot spa machine is loud and noisy. This can be a problem and make it difficult to relax and enjoy a spa experience at home. The heat, light and bubble setting makes the maximum noise. It is less noisy when you choose just the bubbles or waterfall massage.
    • Heating Unit – The heating of the foot spa is a big let-down. A majority of customers are not happy with the heating unit of this machine. You cannot rely on it to heat up water. Hot water needs to be manually added to the machine and even this stays warm for not more than 20 minutes.
    • If you opt for the bubbles massage the water gets cold faster. The waterfall massage manages to retain the heat slightly longer.
    • Ankle Space – The width of the machine where the ankle is usually placed is narrow. This can cause discomfort, pain and even bruises in some cases.

    Conair is an affordable foot spa machine for people who don’t mind the noise when the machine is operational. The machine provides value for money and can accommodate most foot sizes. It is a simple massage unit that gets the job done. Read about the unique features, pros and cons before making the choice. This can help you choose wisely.


I am qualified physiotherapist with great hands-on skills and more than 15 years of experience in manual therapy and relaxation techniques.