Foot Rollers That Aid Myofascial Release
Most electronic massagers are excellent for general massage of the feet and for relaxation therapy, but if you are looking to soothe sore or achy feet, nothing beats a manual massage. Of course, the best sort of manual foot massage would be those administered by a skillful therapist, but for budget considerations and for the convenience of being able to receive a stimulating foot massage anywhere and anytime, foot massage rollers are excellent products you should consider too.
The advantage of foot rollers over automatic foot massagers is that you are in full control of the strength and pressure of the massage, and the protrusions on the massager and the rolling action are designed to provide for a deeper stimulation of the foot tissues and muscles. This is especially useful if you are experiencing sore feet or conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, where the massager can help with myofascial release, a process whereby tissues and muscles are relaxed, helping to relieve pain and soreness in the feet. Contrary to popular belief, medium pressure is all that is needed to stimulate this reflex, and over-stimulation (often experienced with the overzealous stepping on massage stones, metal balls or other forms of ‘hard massage’) can actually do more harm than good.
TheraFlow Dual Foot Wooden Acupressure Massager
- Designed to be able to massage both feet at the same time
- Comfortable width and 10 rows of rollers to fit any feet size
- Arch designed follows natural contour of the foot
- Last row of rollers contain larger protruding pegs that allow for deeper massage and stimulation of tissues & especially good for the heels
- Made of natural wood grain material
What do consumers like about this product?
I have personally used this device so I can speak from my own experience here. I have suffered from plantar fasciitis for several years it got so bad at one point that I dreaded taking the first step in the morning and feeling that jolt of pain shooting up from the bottom of my feet.
A podiatrist that I consulted recommended that I roll a can over my feet, among other forms of therapy and exercises. By chance, a friend that saw me rolling my feet with a can recommended that I try using this type of wooden massager. The first one I got was OK but I didn’t feel it did anything more than the can because it couldn’t reach the arch area well. Then I found the TheraFlow and the first thing I noticed was it had an arched design that rolled over my entire feet very well including the heel area. To be honest, although it felt sort of comfortable to use it, it also kind of tickled and I had to wear socks when I use it initially. I also wasn’t sure whether it would help at all with my foot pain.
I wasn’t really expecting much but to my surprise, after the first week or so using it for about 10 minutes in the morning and at night, I woke up without that dreaded pain in my foot for the first time in a long time! I’m not sure exactly how it worked but I believe it had something to do with releasing the tension in the foot tissues and pressure points. This has since become part of my daily routine.
If you looking for a more ‘lazy’ form of relaxation and foot massage, then perhaps an electric massager would work better for you as this one does require some work on your part! But if you are having any sort of foot or heel pain, this is certainly worth a try!
MediMassager MMF06 Variable Speed Foot Massager
Although we mentioned in the main article that manual massagers may be better able to aid in the relief of feet soreness or ache, there is one electronic massager in the market that is specially designed for this purpose. Used mainly by therapists and professionals, the MMFO6 is the most powerful electric massager available to the public as well as a pioneer in diabetic neuropathy foot care.
- 11 speeds (1,000rpm-3,700rpm)
- Oscillating foot pad
- Arch-bar (stimulates toes, arch, and heel)
- Pressure point targeting surface (to stimulate circulation)
- Includes gel pads for use on non-carpeted floors
- Can be used on calves and shins in addition to feet
- CSA and FDA certified for therapeutic use
- Quiet motor
The MMF06 was designed for clinical and therapeutic use and is best suited to those suffering severe foot/leg pain, serious circulation issues, and pain or cramps resulting from neuropathy or diabetes. In addition, this massager eases tense muscles and reduces swelling and joint pain. The device is ergonomically designed to provide the most comfort.
What made customers smile?
Most customers are steered towards this model by their physicians in hopes that the device will increase circulation and alleviate pain. Many agree that just 15 minutes each day will help with numbness from neuropathy. In a touching review, a daughter claims the MMF06 enabled her diabetic father to wiggle his big toe for the first time in over a year. Make sure to speak with your physician before purchasing this machine.
TheraFlow Deep Tissue Foot Arch Massage Roller
- Designed to provide a deep knead to the foot arch and foot sole
- Stimulates myofascial release in the plantar fascia
- The roller is attached to a metal axle meaning the wood base stays stationary while the feet rolls over the wooden roller. This makes the roller suitable for use on any flat surface, even on carpeted/ rough surfaces
- Made of high quality natural wood
What do consumers like about this product?
This is made of wood and ‘nubbier’ than regular rubber rollers and does press firmly into the foot tissues. This works the foot arch area particularly well, it is also very portable so I found it to be a great addition to the larger dual foot massager that can be brought along during travels and fit easily into a handbag.
Anyway, most other consumers found this foot roller to offer great value for money (it retails for less than $10 at the time of writing). Many were surprised at how a simple and inexpensive device like this could offer significant relieve to plantar fasciitis and foot pain. Some also mentioned that they found this tool useful for alleviating symptoms of stress fractures. On the flip side, some find the device less effective for targeted heel stimulation, as the roller has a tendency to slip off the heels when rolled to close to the edge of the feet. The conclusion is that if you are looking to treat mainly the foot arch/ sole area, this is perfect, but if you are looking to treat the heel, the larger dual foot model offered by the same company could be better.
*Update July 2017: It looks like TheraFlow released a new dual foot roller. Basically the same functionality but it now allows you to use it both feet at the same time! (check out link below for details)
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