Why You Should Massage Your Feet Every Night Before Bed

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Although we take great lengths to improve our health and wellness, it seems as though we never stop to think about our feet. Feet carry us through life (literally), so they deserve a little attention every now and then. By spending a few minutes each night before you go to sleep giving yourself a foot massage, you’ll actually start to see many health benefits.

1. Natural Pain Relief

If you’ve studied reflexology, then you know that there are many pressure points located in the feet that can help with pain management. A 2004 study even found that post-operative patients reported a reduction in their pain symptoms after receiving a hand or foot massage than those who stuck to medication only.

2. Reduces High Blood Pressure

Many people have high blood pressure, and a simple foot massage may be the key to lowering it. A study conducted by researchers from Pusan National University discovered that systolic blood pressure levels improved following a therapeutic massage.

3. Combats Swollen Legs

It’s common to have a bit of fluid buildup in the legs, especially after long periods of standing or if you’re pregnant. A 2010 study revealed that pregnancy-related edema (fluid retention in the legs and ankles) was significantly reduced by regular foot massage.

4. Relief Of PMS Symptoms

In the days leading up to a monthly period, many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome symptoms like bloating, cramps, and mood swings. A study published in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal revealed that women who underwent reflexology treatments including foot massage) reported reduced PMS symptoms.

A few minutes dedicated to foot massage each day could benefit your health in multiple different ways. Click on the video below to see how to perform a simple foot massage.