What is Plantar Fasciitis and how can Massage Therapy help?
By Lyndsey Silker, Lead Massage Therapist
According to MayoClinic, there are more than 3 million Plantar Fasciitis cases in the US per year. It can affect anyone, but it is most common with adults and seniors. Fascia is your body’s connective tissue that works as a protective sheath. Ultimately, these are the tissues that hold our bodies together! In the foot, there is a thick fibrous band of fascia that connects the heel to the toes. With Plantar Fasciitis, this band becomes inflamed and sometimes torn or strained. This causes extreme pain usually described as sharp and stabbing pain. Some cases are mild and last from days to weeks and some cases are severe and last weeks to months.
The most common treatment for Plantar Fasciitis is therapy and self care. This is where Massage Therapy comes in! Massage Therapy is proven to help with pain and other symptoms associated with many different conditions, including Plantar Fasciitis. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I have encountered many clients suffering from this condition and have been able to help decrease symptoms and speed up recovery with Massage Therapy. I always work within my clients comfort level and use techniques that focus on breaking up adhesions, bringing fresh oxygenated blood to the area and reducing scar tissue. Massage therapy is ALL about consistency! For clients who are suffering from specific conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, I always recommend starting a treatment plan and scheduling a few consecutive appointments. The more consistent you are with Massage Therapy, the more beneficial effects you will experience.
I also commonly recommend self care to perform at home between massage appointments like rolling the foot with tennis ball, applying ice as often as possible, resting the foot, self massage and making sure you are wearing good, supportive shoes. In conclusion, Plantar Fasciitis is a very painful condition that affect your activities of daily living and takes time to heal. Try Massage Therapy to reduce your symptoms, speed up recovery time and get back on your feet pain-free!
I would love to help you get there! Make sure to request Lyndsey for your next appointment.