Plantar Fasciitis Sufferers Gain Relief With Medical Massage
One of the most difficult medical conditions to spell (Thank goodness for spell check!) is also one of the most common. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. A person is afflicted with this medical condition when the tissue tears in the long ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, called the plantar fascia ligament. The resulting symptoms include pain and inflammation that can be acute and often ongoing. (Ouch!)
It’s estimated that 2 million Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Many different factors cause the condition.
A foot trauma from an injury such as a fall can bring about the condition. Other causes are wearing ill-fitting or non-supporting footwear, prolonged standing, and arthritis. Once afflicted with plantar fasciitis, the sufferer often changes their gait to avoid foot pain, bringing on secondary issues such as misalignment and joint stress.
While there are several modes of treatment options, medical massage therapy offers multiple unique benefits to those who suffer from plantar fasciitis. Here are four specific ways medical massage therapy effectively treats plantar fasciitis.
Medical massage can reduce stress in the plantar fascia
When the ligament is stressed, it can cause tiny tears that bring on plantar fasciitis. Sufferers who don’t take measures to repair this damage often experience ongoing pain and inflammation. A highly trained medical massage therapist, over a series of visits, is able to work the foot and heel so the ligament starts to relax, which in return, promotes healing and diminishes the instances of dealing with the condition again down the road.
Medical massage helps minimize secondary bodily injury due to compensation
As mentioned above, individuals dealing with the pain of plantar fasciitis frequently adapt their gait to avoid painful steps, causing stress and weight to fall on other parts of the feet, ankles, and joints. This may eventually cause issues with strained muscles and sore joints.
Massage Therapy not only deals with the symptoms, but treats the root of the problem. Patients who commit to bodywork see the plantar fasciitis decrease in severity. In addition, the Therapist helps re-train them to walk and stand correctly, taking care of the secondary issues.
Additional at home exercises promote healing
Patients can help their situations in addition to visiting their Medical Massage Therapist by taking advantage of regular home therapy exercises. Part of medical massage therapy for plantar fasciitis includes a regular recommendation of exercises that stretches and heals the plantar fascia as well as secondary affected areas. For maximum results, patients need to make sure they perform the exercises correctly and diligently stick to the rehabilitation plan.
Medical Massage works well in conjunction with other treatments
Medical Massage for plantar fasciitis complements other treatments. Massage visits paired with chiropractic, physical therapy, and more invasive treatment such as injections to offer pain management, increased mobility, and faster healing. Talk with your Medical Massage Therapist to see what other treatments may complement your current care.
The not so great news is plantar fasciitis’s typical recovery time is several months. The great news is that committing to a combination of medical massage therapy and at home exercises heals 9 out of 10 cases.
Plantar fasciitis is a common issue that millions of people face, but it doesn’t have to control your activity level or hinder your lifestyle. Consult a Medical Massage Therapist and work together to lay out a plan of treatments, at-home rehab, and possibly other complementary forms of treatments. It may take time, but plantar fasciitis sufferers can eventually reach a point where they are pain free and their mobility is unhindered!
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Thanks for reading!
Dr. Christina 🙂