Kneading foot massagers provide a cost-effective way to care for your feet while contributing to overall health by stimulating muscles, improving circulation, promoting relaxation and reducing tension. At-home foot massaging devices eliminate the need for a massage professional, offering consumers access to a quick foot massage any time.
A majority of Americans suffer a foot ailment at some point in their lifetime, according to Harvard Health Publications. Massage may offer some long-term benefits for these conditions in addition to providing short-term pain relief. Regular massage can strengthen the muscles in the feet as well as relaxing them.
Kneading massage applies deep pressure to compress the underlying muscles. Electronic massage devices mimic the movements of the hands, fingers, thumbs and knuckles to create this type of rhythmic pressure. Foot massage machines may combine kneading with one or more other massage techniques, such as Shiatsu, reflexology, acupressure and deep tissue massage.
Shiatsu massage applies rhythmic, varied pressure to targeted pressure points in the body. Acupressure also focuses on pressure points identified in acupuncture to improve circulation and provide pain relief. The points of focus in reflexology massage are believed to correspond to other parts of the body, improving health conditions in all areas of the body. Deep tissue massage applies slow, deliberate strokes to relieve stiff or painful areas.