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There are many ways to get a foot massage. You can give yourself a foot massage. You can hire a massage therapist. However, one of the easiest things you can do is get yourself a reliable foot massager for massage on demand.
When it comes to electric foot massagers, however, not all options are created equal. There are several factors that you will want to consider before making a purchase. We have put together this post as a guide on what to look for when you consider purchasing a foot massager (such as Lifepro’s Acucare foot massager, which has been specially designed for relaxing sore, tired, and painful feet.)
If you are looking to buy a foot massager, then look no further. In this article, we will talk about choosing the right foot massager for all your needs!
Who Should Be Using a Foot and Leg Massager?
One question we often get is, “who should use a massager?” The answer to this question is quite simple. Just about anyone can benefit from a foot or leg massager. They’re very safe, easy to use, and have a low-price tag (especially when compared to the benefits you’ll receive!)
Athletes and people recovering from injuries often get the most use out of a massager due to their effects on blood flow and recovery. Even your average worker can get a lot out of a massager, especially if they’re on their feet much of the day.
The better question isn’t who SHOULD use a massager, but who SHOULDN’T. In that case, we recommend that pregnant women, children, those with high blood pressure and heart disease avoid electric foot and leg massagers. As always, it’s highly recommended to consult with your doctor before beginning any new treatment program.
Benefits of Using a Foot Massager
One reason electric foot massagers are so popular is that they have several great benefits that people of all shapes and sizes can enjoy. Perhaps the most beneficial of all is improved blood circulation. This helps your muscles heal after injury or an intense workout. Improved circulation also helps your body (and muscles) perform at peak capacity, thereby minimizing the risk of injury.
Foot massagers also work wonders on your stress levels. Even a short foot massage can lead to the release of endorphins – a “feel good” chemical in your brain. This helps calm your nerves, manage your stress, and can even make it easier for you to fall asleep at night.
And don’t get us started on the cost savings! Compared to other forms of massage, foot massagers are convenient and very affordable. We can’t recommend them enough!
Purpose and the Features of the Product
Electric foot massagers have a simple purpose: to give you a relaxing foot massage on demand. However, diving deeper, you get similar benefits from a foot massager as you would from hiring a professional massage therapist.
A foot massager relaxes your muscles, helps you recover from a long workout, and helps your feet feel less sore after a day of activity. This is great for athletes and retail workers alike. They even do a great job of stress relief (as mentioned above!)
Most foot massagers have a similar set of features. You have a spot to put each of your feet. You’ll also have the ability to change the speed and intensity of the massager, allowing you to get the massage you desire.
Other massagers have additional features, such as remote-controlled settings. Some even use heated water to deliver a soothing massage. The features vary widely, so make sure your massager has the features you would like before purchasing.
Auto or Manual Heat Function
Many foot massagers use heat as a tool to give a great foot massage. However, there are two heating types to consider: auto or manual.
Automatic heat kicks in per pre-determined settings created by the manufacturer. Some of these settings can include raising and lowering the heat quickly, slowly, or even turning the heat on and off at specific times.
Manual heat, however, is determined by the user’s preferences. Pick your preferred heat level, intensity, speed, or any number of options that you can set. This is all determined by the manufacturer of your foot massager. As a word of caution, we advise you to start on low settings, figure out what you’re comfortable with, and gradually increase the settings as you see fit.
Portability and Price
Generally speaking, most electric foot massagers are quite portable. You can bring them on vacation, to the office, or even to the gym. Almost nothing beats getting a great foot massage on demand. However, some larger foot massagers are less portable. That being said, these larger massagers are generally meant for commercial use, meaning you’re more likely to find them in a therapist’s office or at the gym than at somebody’s house.
As for price, here’s something to think about: the average foot massage costs roughly $50 an hour. Electric foot massagers, however, can cost anywhere from $100 to over $500. For how much time you would use a foot massager, you would spend far more by hiring someone. In fact, you can stand to save hundreds (or even thousands) by simply using an electric foot massager, even if you purchase one of the more expensive models on the market.
Since price varies so greatly, you’re going to want to look at product reviews and features mainly. Does a particular foot massager have heat? Does it use water? How long does the product last before it gets replaced? There are so many things to look for. When in doubt, read the product reviews!
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