Plantar Fasciitis and Massage Therapy

Plantar Fasciitis Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation and pain in the planter fascia, which is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot at the heel. It is painful, and worse in the morning when you first get up out of bed.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms often include heel pain, especially on the inner side of the heel. The pain is usually worse in the morning as you are getting out of bed and subsides throughout the day.

Running, walking or being on your feet all day will make it worse.

Rest and specific stretching exercises help the healing process.

What are the treatment options?

Always consult with your doctor for treatment options, however he/she will probably recommend one or more of the following:

Massage foot therapy or Massage foot devices like stretch bands, tennis balls, or electric foot massage machines
Shoe inserts
Heel Stretches/Exercises
Medication for inflammation
Steroid injections
Cast Boot

In some cases, depending on the severity of the issue, your doctor may actually put your foot in a cast for a few weeks to encourage the healing.

In rare cases, surgery must be performed in order to correct the inflammation and restricted tissue.

What causes this inflammation?

Many things can cause the inflammation, like:

Weight Gain /Obesity
Achilles Tendon Tightness
Running or Walking
Arches of the foot too high or low

Because the plantar fascia supports the bones of the foot, it is common for it to become inflamed.

How can massage help?

Foot massage helps to increase circulation to the heel, thereby increasing the oxygen and nutrient flow to the heel and promoting the healing process.

The therapist will most likely work on the lower leg muscles (which are responsible for flexion) as well as perform stripping and deep transverse friction movements on the foot.

He/She will also do stretching and circular, compression motions with thumbs in order to loosen the tissue. Some of the compressions may be painful, but will usually provide relief.
I have worked on several clients myself that deal with this disorder with proven results. I use alot of friction strokes with a gradual building of pressure as I mainly do cross friction against the grain of the muscles.
Massage Therapy is definately not just for relaxation,with proven medical benefits that aid in healing of many chronic muscular problems.
Whether you’re traveling to Myrtle Beach or a local,visit my website to read more on my experience and training as a Massage Therapist, and book a beneficial and affordable massage today!

About Michael Champagne

Michael Champagne is a professional massage therapist in Myrtle Beach,SC. Formerly a chef with 15+ years experience in the restaurant industry, now owner of Michaels Massage™, a mobile massage company in Myrtle Beach,SC. Offering mobile massage and spa services to The Grand Strand & surrounding areas.
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