Lisa "Koz", LMT
Massage Help For Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. This tissue runs along the Botton of the feet and can be effected by the surrounding muscles.
Plantar Fasciitis is usually able to be self healed without surgery, did you know that? The main symptoms include stabbing pain near the heel and that pain may be worse in the AM. Most people have trouble with dorsiflexion, or bringing your toes towards the shin area. In a study published in the journal of bone and joint surgery the pain was either eliminated or improved at 8 weeks in 52% of the patients who were treated with an exercise program and stretching of the plantar fascia area. Know that it can take a bit of time for this all to work but at 52% that makes us see where massage can have a great potential in helping those with plantar fasciitis.
The majority of people that I treat with plantar fasciitis I have noticed hypertonic or tight muscles in the area of the soleus, which is located under the gastrocnemius ("calf muscle"). When that muscle is released either with regular massage, or what I normally use, a combination of pin and stretch and pressure to the muscle with active and passive activation, relief usually ensues. What does that mean to me? That as a massage therapist I can do a lot for people with plantar fasciitis. This is one way to potentially help relieve the issues they are having, and take care of that pain. Cool right?? Easy, RIGHT??? I agree... I love that this is one of those things I can do to really help my clients. Plus this is so much less invasive than surgery, that doesn't always help. In relation if massage doesn't help, it's only been a massage and you are left better muscle wise than when I found you. See all the win-win factors?!
The final part of good treatment for injuries or issues like this is good exercises and stretches given to you so that you can continue to improve and get out to be more active and stay pain free.
This is why I LOVE being a massage therapist. My job rocks. Thanks for your time! Watch for more posts. Until then remember to get out there and active and keep that self care going.