With most of us on our feet most of the day, a foot massage or reflexology treatment can feel heavenly.
However, there are some disadvantages of foot massage to be aware of, as there are with any type of massage.
Here is a look at the possible disadvantages, side effects, and reasons why you shouldn’t get a foot massage:
What Does a Foot Massage Involve?
A professional foot massage or reflexology session usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.
During the treatment, the therapist will rub, press, and manipulate your feet and sometimes your lower legs.
The therapist may use lotion or oil to help reduce friction on your skin.
There are over 7000 nerve endings in our feet, which is why a foot massage can feel so relaxing.
It’s also why there are some risks and side effects associated with the treatment.
You can also massage your own feet using a massage tool or your own hands.
This can also feel great and help with the aches and pains associated with being on your feet all day, but isn’t going to be as effective as a professional massage.
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Disadvantages of Foot Massage
There are some risks associated with foot massages, the most common side effect is pain in the foot itself.
This can be caused by too much pressure being applied to the foot, resulting in bruising or other injuries.
If you have any cuts or open wounds on your feet, there is also a risk of infection.
People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing foot problems and should avoid foot massages.
There is also a risk of skin problems developing, such as athlete’s foot, if the massage is not carried out in a clean and hygienic environment.
Overall, there aren’t a lot of disadvantages if a foot massage is being carried out by a professional but there are always risks.
Is Foot Massage Harmful?
There are some risks and side effects associated with foot massages, but generally they are safe.
The most common side effect is pain in the foot itself, which can be caused by too much pressure being applied to the foot or incorrect techniques being used.
If you have any doubts or concerns, you should always consult with your doctor before you book a foot massage.
This is especially important if you have diabetes or any other medical condition that could be affected by a foot massage.
Can a Foot Massage Make You Sick?
There is always a risk of infection when any type of massage is carried out, but this risk is minimal.
Feeling a little dizzy, lightheaded, or even flu-like symptoms are also possible and felt by some people after a foot massage.
These side effects are usually short-lived and nothing to worry about.
If you do feel sick after a foot massage, it’s best to consult with your doctor.
What to Expect After Reflexology Treatment
Reflexology is a type of foot massage that is based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to different organs and systems in the body.
A reflexology treatment usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.
During the treatment, the therapist will manipulate your feet and use various techniques to help address the issues you’re dealing with.
After the session, you should feel rejuvenated and energized, but you may also feel tired and have some aches and pains.
The aches and pains should be short lived, but if they’re not you should consult with your reflexologist.
In general, reflexology is a safe and relaxing treatment with few risks or side effects.
However, as with any type of massage, there is always a risk of infection and some possible side effects.
Contraindications of Foot Massage or Reflexology
There are some contraindications, or conditions that make foot massage or reflexology unsuitable.
These include open wounds, fractures, recent surgery, pregnant women, and people with diabetes.
If you have any of these conditions, it’s best to consult with your doctor before booking a session.
Foot Massage Precautions
To avoid any risks or side effects, there are some precautions that should be taken when getting a foot massage.
Always make sure the environment is clean and hygienic.
The therapist should use disposable gloves and wash their hands before and after the treatment.
The massage shouldn’t be too forceful or painful, so if it is, speak up and let the therapist know.
Most importantly, you need to listen to your body and communicate with your massage therapist.
A foot massage can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience, but there are some risks and side effects that you should be aware of.
If you have any concerns, always consult with your doctor before you book a session.
In general, a foot massage is safe for most people but it’s always important that you’re aware of the contraindications and possible side effects.
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I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.