The foot is one of the most undervalued organs in the human body. It carries our entire body weight, aids in locomotion, bears the brunt of jogging, fit in uncomfortable shoes, and many more. Despite all the work our feet do, it often does not receive the pampering it requires.
Foot massages are the nominal treatment we can give ourselves, favouring the entire body. Here are some of the most unexpected ways in which a regular rubdown on your feet, can benefit you.
- Reduces Hypertension
Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the most common health condition across the globe. It can adversely affect your heart, kidney and also cause strokes when left unchecked. According to a Korean study, along with a healthy diet and medication, a relaxing foot massage can suppress the effects of high blood pressure.
- Mitigate PMS and cancer symptoms
Regular foot massages can reduce the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome, which includes mood swings, insomnia, and headaches. A study conducted by the Michigan State University states that regular foot massages incorporated with patient’s treatment, aids in curbing the side effects of chemotherapy like nausea, weakness and shortness of breath.
- Improves sex life
A selfless foot massage, to your loved ones, can improve your sex life and is a great way to showcase your love. The sole consists of nerve endings that trigger a sense of relief and mild arousal, making it a great starting point.
- Dwindle Anxiety and Depression
Regular sessions of foot massages can help in curbing anxiety and depression. Specific points on foot, alleviate the symptoms of depression. Massaging the pressure points for at least 5 to 6 times a week can reduce anxiety significantly and provide a sense of relief to the body.
- Decreases nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are caused due to various factors like motion sickness, side effects of treatment, upset stomach etc. A 10-minute foot massage every day can not only reduce the effects of vomiting but also provides a better quality of life.
Body imbalance can happen due to defects in the inner ear or the mechanical parts of balance. A reclining foot massage can help you gain control over your mobility, which targets the mechanical parts of balance. It also relieves pain for people suffering from osteoarthritis and other underlying diseases.
Injuries can be attenuating, not only at the moment but also in the long run. Moving your fingers around pressure points on the feet, will relieve you of the pain and also reduce swelling of legs and feet.
- Decrease Joint Pain
Joint pains can be associated with various factors like injury, medical conditions like arthritis etc. It is a common condition in middle and old aged individuals. Regular foot massages can reduce the tension in the muscles and nerve endings, which helps in relieving the pain and help people walk around comfortably.
- Prevents foot problems
A routine of foot massage will prevent you from unpleasant injuries and can keep your health and mood in the right place.
Just like the hands, neck and back of your body, the feet can also greatly benefit from regular massages. Foot massages can also help in ample blood circulation to all parts of your body and keep your mind, stress and tension free. Incorporating foot massages in your daily routines can significantly impact your healthy lifestyle.