How Medical Massage Helps Plantar Fasciitis
Feet are important. When you consider what your feet go through, taking 8,000 steps over the course of a day, according to the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association (IPMA), it’s easy to see how 75 percent of all Americans will have some type of foot pain at some point in their lives. Plantar fasciitis is a common and very painful foot condition that can become chronic if not treated. (Yikes!) It is also a condition that responds very well to Medical Massage.
Plantar Fasciitis Explained…
Plantar fasciitis is caused when the ligament that connects your toes to your heel (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed, swollen, and weak. (I would refer to this as mad) This causes the bottom of your foot or heel to hurt when you walk or stand, especially when you first wake up or after sitting for a long time.
The foot pain tends to be sharp and stabbing. It is the most common cause of heel pain and is more prevalent among middle aged people. However, anyone can get it at any age, especially people who spend a lot of time on their feet.
How Medical Massage helps Plantar Fasciitis…
Medical Massage (when done the correct way) is a very effective treatment for plantar fasciitis for relieving the pain that is caused by the condition.
Reduces Stress in the Plantar Fascia – When a ligament is inflamed or stressed, the tissue can develop very small tears that causes pain of plantar fasciitis. Specific muscle therapy techniques applied to the heel and foot take the pressure off of the plantar fascia, allowing it to relax.
Promotes Healing – When the stress on the plantar fascia is reduced through these massage therapy sessions, the foot can begin to heal. The medical massage therapist may also recommend specific exercises that stretch the ligament and help it heal.
Provides Effective Pain Management – Overland Park Medical Massage is a very effective way to manage pain throughout the body. Massaging the muscles calms the body as a whole (both mentally and physically) allowing for a more effective form of pain management that is longer lasting.
Reduces the Risk of Further Injury – When a person has a condition like plantar fasciitis, they will often adjust their gait in an effort to avoid the pain. This puts stress on other parts of the body and can lead to back pain, sore joints, strained muscles, and other problems. Overland Park Medical Massage’s whole body approach helps the person align their body properly so that they stand and walk properly. This helps them avoid further injury and discomfort.
Medical Massage is a Good Complement to Other Treatments
While Medical Massage can be an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis on its own, it is also a very good complement to other treatments for the condition. Patients may use massage in conjunction with physical therapy and may even get injections to manage the pain and treat the condition. These combined treatments can also help with speeding up the healing process and helping to provide better mobility.
Plantar fasciitis can take several months to heal, but by adding medical massage treatments to your recovery plan, you can feel better, faster while more effectively managing your pain. Regular massage treatments can also keep the condition from becoming chronic. By working with your Leawood Massage Therapist and following their recommendations, you can reduce your pain and shorten your healing time.
At Adjust Your Health we have a specific 30-minute Plantar Fasciitis massage session. If you are interested in working with one of our experienced and highly-trained massage therapists, just give us a call! 913-681-7757
Thanks for reading!
🙂 Dr. Christina