The foot is probably the least thought of and most neglected region of our body. It continues to be last on our list of priorities when it comes to health care despite the fact that no matter what activities you are involved in your feet are constantly at work.
Massage, and in particular a foot massage, is readily accessible, but still there are many who have not experienced it. Massage therapy involves many different techniques but in general a therapist presses, rubs or manipulates muscles and other soft tissues.
There are numerous theories about how massage therapy affects the body. These range from stimulating the release of chemicals such as endorphins and increasing blood flow to causing beneficial mechanical changes.
Things to consider
Like any therapy, there can be risks involved in massage. Serious injuries reported are small but in rare cases side effects can be swelling, bruising or allergies to massage oil. However there is a group of people who should check with their podiatrist before they have a foot massage. Anyone who has a blood clotting disorder, or is taking anticoagulant medication should avoid certain types of massage. Other conditions to be considered are any recent bone injuries, osteoporosis, diabetes and high blood pressure. Many of these conditions can receive massage but this should be confirmed by your health professional, as massage is not a replacement for other treatments.
Benefits of a foot massage
Massage has long been used to aid healing, improve circulation, reduce pain, decrease swelling, increase range of motion, extend endurance, normalize gait, re-establish subluxed joints, nourish skin and break up scar tissue. Combined, these great benefits bring about improved posture, balance and confidence, and a general sense of wellbeing.
After the foot has been housed in an often cramped environment for long periods of time, it can change shape by contracting and almost folding in on itself. The now condensed foot becomes a poor shock absorber and is less able to accommodate uneven surfaces. Massage of the foot can return it to a more relaxed state, allowing greater surface area is to interact with the ground, improving function and shock absorption while making the foot and body less susceptible to minor traumatic events.
Receiving a foot massage from a foot care practitioner with medical knowledge and training means any issues can identified and the necessary steps taken to address them. For a limited time foot massage is available at Hibiscus podiatry for $25.00 for 20 minutes. Why not drop in and try one?