Remedial massage is a safe and effective treatment option for plantar fasciitis, however it is important to understand what plantar fasciitis is, what causes it and the symptoms before we explain how remedial massage can help.
What Is The Plantar Fascia?
The plantar fascia is a long, thin connective ligament situated directly beneath the skin on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia works as a shock absorber to help absorb the high stress and strain we place on our feet everyday.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Any injury, inflammation, strain or damage to the plantar fascia can results in pain anywhere from mild to severe. This pain in the heel and underside of the foot is often called “jogger’s heel” or “plantar fasciitis“. People who are on their feet for long periods, such as sales/retail workers, nurses, athletes, and tradies are more likely to suffer from it, but it can occur to anyone. Here are many factors that can damage or injure the plantar fascia:
- repetitive impact activities ie. running, walking, dancing etc
- unusual walking/foot positioning
- excessive foot pronation
- poor ankle flexibility
- tightness of the calf muscles
Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis
Recent studies have shown that remedial massage can offer significant benefits in the treatment of jogger’s heel or plantar fasciitis. Remedial massage therapists offer targeted treatment to the lower leg, ankle and foot to improve your ankle mobility and positioning of the foot. They will also address any issues in the lower back and hips that may be causing pelvic imbalance that could be exacerbating the issue. You can also use at home treatment options such as icing, rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and home exercise.
About 90% of people with plantar fasciitis will recover in less than six months of starting simple non-invasive treatment. Unfortunately for some individuals the pain of plantar fasciitis can become chronic, and may require more specialised treatment, or in severe cases surgery.
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