Ankles are one our body’s major weight-bearing structures. Therefore, ankle health directly affect your ability to perform activities like running, jumping, and balancing. Additionally, ankle stability is also a key component of your overall balance.
Now, while there are many ways to take care of your ankles, getting an ankle massage is the easiest and most beneficial one. The top benefits of ankle massages include
- Improve Range of Motion
- Improve Flexibility and Stability
- Improve Blood Circulation
- Faster Injury Recovery
- Reduce Inflammation
- Relieve Pain
- Better Field Performance
In this article, we’ll look a bit deeper into how ankle massage brings you these benefits.
Improve Range of Motion
Ankle massage can de-knot your muscles and free up your joint, which would in return improve your range of motion. If you feel tender when leaning your ankles a certain direction, or hear crackling when you rotate your ankle, an ankle massage might fix it.
Improve Flexibility and Stability
A deep tissue massage can help improve ankle flexibility. Furthermore, a combination of pettrisage and friction massage may be more effective in improving flexibility and stability via ankle massages.
Improve Blood Circulation
It is a common misunderstanding that all massages can help with circulation, but a study in 2020 has proven that regular massages do not result in clinically significant improvement of circulation. However, shiatsu massages are a different story.
Faster Injury Recovery
Ankle massages can increase the recovery of certain injuries. However, if you have a fresh wound or injury, you should use an ice pack instead of getting a massage to reduce pain.
Ankle inflammation is often the result of abnormal fluid buildup, also known as edema. Common causes include prolonged standing, sitting, obesity, or old age. A deep tissue massage can help reduce ankle inflammation because it would reduce blockages in your veins and muscles, which then allows the fluid to be released.
Additionally, getting an ankle massage during pregnancy can also reduce pregnancy-related foot pain and is perfectly safe.
A shiatsu foot massage is one of the most effective ways to reduce foot pain. If your ankles are suffering from overworking, exhaustion, or post workout pain, a short massage session would do wonders.
Better Field Performance
With all the above mentioned benefits added to your ankle, of course, as you’d expect, your real life performance would enhance. If you’re an athlete or if your job demands a lot of standing and walking, getting a regular ankle massage could be essential.
Before You Buy an Ankle Massager
Read through what we talked about earlier, and you’ll know there are a few things you should look for in an ankle massage:
- A petrissage function
- A shiatsu massage function
- Heat and vibration
- Surrounding massage so it tackles your ankles from all directions
If you don’t want to waste your time researching, check out MIKO’s Y2 foot massager, featuring patented petrissage Max technology, or the MAS 2 shiatsu foot massager, which easily covers your ankles and calves with its unique adjustable design.