Did you know that we use our feet more than any other part of our body? A foot massage can really do wonders to your entire body. You can feel revived, full of energy, and in a better mood just from a good foot massage. But unfortunately most of us can't pop into the spa every week to get a foot massage, so what's the alternative? A foot massager that you can use in your home whenever the mood takes you is a great idea for a happy you and happy feet!
Now, there are quite a few different types of foot massager on the market. From massagers for deep tissue stimulation and massager for plantar fasciitis, to a more general relaxation experience for your feet. Well, we've reviewed all of them, and our top three is a mixed bag. But regardless of which one grabs you, we don't think you'll be disappointed as they each do a great job as massaging your feet.
The Sharper Image MSG-F110 Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager
( 4.1 out of 5.0 )
Medi-Rub Foot Massager 2000+
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Foot Baths - heated foot bath
( 4.1 out of 5.0 )
Or, you could ask, why wouldn't you? We all get tired feet. Some of us because we're on our feet all day, others may have a medical condition that means our feet need a rub or our circulation a boost.
It is important to shop for what you need. We'll take a look now at the different types of massager available on the market.
So let's split this by the more medical and deep tissue massagers, and the general relaxation experience massagers.
Deep tissue massagers are used a lot by therapists and professionals. Thanks to their very powerful electric massager they're also used for diabetic neuropathy foot care. Most often used by those suffering with foot and leg pain, or cramps resulting from neuropathy or diabetes. These massagers will ease tense muscles and reduce swelling and joint pain.
Deep Kneading Shiatsu Massagers it great for anyone who has moderate foot pain but isn't recommended for diabetics. This type of massager is a winner if you're looking for a non-bath style foot massager that's easy to use and gives a great semi-deep kneading massage.
Bath style massagers are probably the model that we're most familiar with. They've been around for a long time and are most suited to those who want to have a lovely foot soak in hot water which will gently massage tired feet and also soften skin.
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Once you've decided what type of massager you want, and why you're ready to take a look at our review of the best foot massagers around today. We've got one from each category so you know that whichever you go for you're going to be getting the best foot massager for your needs.
All of the foot massagers reviewed in this article are electric. And although a foot roller didn't make it into our top three, we thought they were worthy of a note here. The advantage of foot rollers over automatic foot massagers is that you have full control of the strength, pressure and location of the massage. The small nodules on the massagers when rolled over your feet will give a deeper stimulation of the foot tissues and muscles. This can be a real bonus for anyone suffering from conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis as it will help with myofascial release. We suggest if you prefer a foot roller, that you try it first with socks on, and build up to the "no-socks" massage, as it can be a little uncomfortable if you're not used to it.
So back to our top three. Each one of these is the best around in their category, and there's really not much to choose between them. All are excellent products and once you've decided the type of foot massager that is most suitable for you, we think you won't go wrong with any of these three.
Our reviewers found instant relief for tired aching feet. The oscillating action and two speed settings will increase blood flow and stimulate all those nerves on the soles of your feet. Brilliant for anyone wanting a really deep massage particularly those who suffer from diabetes and neuropathy.
It's is really easy to use, can be positioned to massage your calves as well as legs. This really does give a deep tissue massage at home and is suitable for people suffering with diabetes and neuropathy.
The only complaint we had is that the motor is a little noisy.
This foot massager gives a relaxing heated foot massage. It combines the principles of Shiatsu and stimulating acupressure points in your feet. We enjoyed a counter-rotational massage action that really does offer "thumb action". The massage rollers are deep kneading, while your feet are positioned to optimise your treatment. The toe-touch controls are brilliant and let you add soothing, infra-red heat to your treatment for added comfort.
It is a brilliant deep tissue massager with the added bonus of heat therapy.
The massager should only be on continuously for 20 minutes at a time. Several of our larger footed testers found the motor worked better if used one foot at a time.
A lovely soak, and a great heated massage. Your traditional foot massager may have been around a while. But there's a reason. It works brilliantly and will absolutely relieve tired feet as well as benefiting your skin.
This foot bath does bring the spa to your home. We love that the tub warms the water so you don't have to. And it stays warm. There are two powerful jets so you absolutely do get a massage not just a soak.
Some of our testers would prefer a foot massager bath that they could put soap or salts into. This isn't recommended for this product as it will clog the jets. So what you lose on scent you make up for with massaging jets.
Each one of our top three is brilliant and very different. Some will prefer the foot bath, others the heated shiatsu, and for other the medi-rub foot and calf massager will be the only massager for them. We've opted for the medi-rub because it is suitable for diabetics and neuropathy patients while still being great for anyone with tired aching legs and feet.
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