Massage has been used since ancient times by Eastern peoples to relieve muscle pain, get rid of tension and stress, and give the body an opportunity to rest and relax. Great emphasis must be placed on the feet in massage because they contain many points related to various organs and systems of the body.
The role of foot massage is not limited to the physical aspects only, but extends to the nervous and psychological aspects.
1- Activate blood circulation
The modern lifestyle has caused a significant decline in the practice of work and physical activities that move the muscles and stimulate blood circulation. This can be compensated for by foot massage sessions that help increase blood flow throughout the body, especially in the lower extremities.
2- Preventing foot and ankle injuries
In addition to their role in treating joint pain and muscle spasms, massage sessions help avoid foot and ankle injuries in the future, especially if accompanied by appropriate exercise.
3- Get rid of anxiety and depression
A study conducted in 2005 showed that massage helped women with breast cancer get rid of depression associated with the disease, in addition to another study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry indicated that massage helped alleviate depression among many patients in America. .
4 Treating headaches and migraines
Massage plays an important role in treating headaches resulting from stress and tension, and a study conducted at the University of Granada in Spain showed that undergoing a single massage session helps in treating chronic headaches and migraines.
5- Treating high blood pressure
High blood pressure has become a common disease among men and women alike, and is caused by many factors, including tension, stress, and dietary patterns. A recent study showed that people who underwent a 10-minute foot massage session three times a week had a significant reduction in blood pressure.
6- Treating flat foot pain
People with flat feet suffer from pain from strenuous work, and massage can help relieve this pain significantly.
7- Alleviating menstrual symptoms
Women’s menstrual cycle is accompanied by some symptoms, such as anxiety, tension, feelings of sadness, insomnia, and headaches. These symptoms can be alleviated through daily foot massage sessions during the menstrual period.
8- Alleviating the effects of pregnancy edema
Pregnancy edema, which is manifested by fluid retention in the feet and ankles, is common among pregnant women, especially in the first three months of pregnancy, and massage can help significantly alleviate the symptoms of this edema.