Although not a high-tech instrument, the manual foot massager is an effective tool if used correctly.
Here you have our top picks:
–TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller (Large): Made of wooden rollers, this simple foot massager will provide you with an amazing relief after a long day standing. Since you can adjust how hard you press your feet down, it’s a special tool for people with high sensitivity on their plants. This acupressure/reflexology tool is also portable, quiet and very easy to use to relieve Plantar Fasciitis pain, Heel & Foot Arch pain and Flat Feet pain.
With almost 5 stars reviews from customers in Amazon, this simple foot massager is a high quality tool to relieve tired and sore feet.
Dimensions: 7.1 x 11.2 x 2.2 inches
Weight: 1.6 pounds
What we like about it: Suitable for feet all sizes, this massager can be used two ways: acupressure mode (where you press your feet down on all 5 rows of rollers on your feet for 2-3 seconds) or kneading Mode (you roll your feet gently on the massager in opposite directions). Completed detailed instructions are included with the product.
What’s no so great about it: you may need a little bit of trial and error to determine the exact pressure to apply when you use it.
–Body Back Company’s Wooden Foot Roller: made of natural wood and with rubber grips on the end for easy hold, this foot roller massages and soothe sore and tired feet, while activates circulation on the entire body and activates pressure points. Can be easily used anytime, anywhere for those looking to relieve feet pain. This roller does a very good job on people with sensitive feet who doesn’t prefer a hard massage.
This easy to carry and use massager got a solid 4 star reviews on Amazon.
Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches
Weight: 5.6 ounces
What we like about it: This simple massager allows the user to put pressure onto any area of the feet, especially on the arches.
What’s no so great about it: The rubber grips fall off the massager’s end very easily.
–Thera Band Foot Roller: this portable and travel friendly roller is made of supple natural rubber, is slip resistant and won’t scratch floors. Easily cleaned with a disinfectant spray, can be chilled or frozen prior to use to aid reducing inflammation. Patients with plantar fasciitis can use the roller as a device to stretch the plantar fascia and increase flexibility.
With 4+ Stars reviews on Amazon, this take-along sized tool is one of the most recommended foot massager on its category.
Weight: 5 ounces
What we like about it: Slip resistant (since it’s made from rubber) it easily adapts to the contour of the foot, providing temporary relief from foot pain.
What’s no so great about it: does not hold the cold as long as it should.
– FOOT PAIN Spiky Massage Balls by FlexFixx This set of massage balls (a 2” diameter smooth and two spike textured balls of 2.5” and 3” diameter) allow the user to access all those difficult to reach places during self-massage providing comfort and relief for wide range of issues, from plantar fasciitis to knots.
Especially recommended for the treatment of chronic pain, this set of ball massagers are designed with all foot sizes in mind and can be used not only on feet, but on hands, back, neck, shoulders, leg, etc.
Amazon customers give this product a 4 star reviews.
Dimensions: 7.9 x 3.9 x 7.9 inches
Weight: 13 ounces
What we like about it: Since the balls are different sizes and textures (one plain, 2 spiked) they can be used not only on the feet, but on the rest of the body too.
What’s not so great about it: For people with sensitive feet, the plastic spikes may be to harsh.
Some considerations about the Manual Foot Massagers
The manual foot massager generally consists of a wooden base with one or more rollers (also of wood) attached, which is placed on the floor. Other versions have wooden balls (instead of rollers) that move independently. When the patient rests their feet on the rollers or the wooden balls and moves them on them, he receives a stimulation in the reflexology points located in the feet, reducing the tension in the sole and the instep.
More modern versions, made of rubber, can be shaped like rollers or like a ball with a series of hard rubber nubs, the patient place their foot on them and move them putting more or less pressure onto the massagers.
This type of massager is the most suitable for people with high sensitivity in the feet, as it allows full control of the pressure exerted on the massager.
Although not a high-tech instrument, the manual massager is an effective tool if used correctly.
In addition, these massagers allow patients to do other things while using them (watch TV, read, etc.) and are easy to carry, so many people can take them with them (to work, for example) and benefit from a foot massage wherever they are.