How Remedial Massage Can Assist Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis results from inflammation and damage to the facial tissue on the inside of the foot called plantar fascia, which goes from your toes to your heel. This ligament helps support your arch, and helps to put spring in your step.
This condition is sometimes called ‘runner’s heel’ or dancer’s heel’, which reflects the fact that many of these cases arise from strenuous exercise. However, running or dancing are not the only ways that the planta fascia can become damaged, and some are surprisingly simple.
- Standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time.
- Incorrect fitting shoes or wearing high heels.
- You put your body weight on the inside of your foot, rather than distributing it evenly. (this is called pronation)
Plantar fasciitis need not be a chronic condition, there are a number of ways to deal with this painful syndrome.
Massage Therapy and Plantar Fasciitis
An excellent way to deal with the pain of plantar fasciitis is by scheduling a massage with a therapist. Part of the treatment will involve stretching the ligament to get rid of any scar tissue that may have formed, and the use of a deep tissue massage. This massage will include the muscles of the foot and lower leg as well as manipulation of the ligament itself. Massage therapy will also bring more blood supply to the foot, which will help the ligament to heal up more quickly.
In addition to, and in conjunction with massage, there are a number of other ways to treat plantar fasciitis. Some will be done with a therapist, while others can be done right at home. Your therapist will be happy to show you how to apply these methods yourself.
- Dry Chinese cupping seems to work quite well at stopping the pain of a damaged fascia ligament. Cups will be placed on the calf muscles, on the arch of the foot, and on the area of the Achilles tendon. This will obviously be done by your therapist.
- Glide cupping is also effective, this treatment involves applying cream to the arch of the foot & utilizing a specialized Chinese cup to glide over the plantar fascia.
- As with most injuries to ligaments or muscles, one of the first treatments to try at home is using ice (no more than 15 minutes 3 times a day with cloth between you and the ice) to cool off the inflammation, then heat to encourage more blood flow.
- You can also get relief by rolling a golf ball under your foot, or a frozen, individually-sized bottle of water.
- Loop a towel over the affected foot, positioning it under the arch. Lift up your straightened leg and, holding the ends of the towel in your hands, keep your leg stretched out and lean back as much as possible, pulling against the foot.
These methods should give you relief within a few weeks, and some people actually are pain free within days. Don’t let plantar fasciitis cramp your lifestyle when there are so many ways to deal with it.