Therapeutic Massage Can Provide Pain Relief for Those Experiencing Foot and Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, as well as one of the most common kinds of foot pain, found prominently among runners between the ages of 40 and 60. According to the Mayo Clinic, plantar fasciitis is defined as the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). This can cause a stabbing sensation that feels like walking on push pins, making it very painful for those who are afflicted. We sat down with our Chief Wellness Officer, Eric Stephenson to find out more about plantar fasciitis.
What is the cause of plantar fasciitis?
One of the biggest culprits of plantar fasciitis is the use of improper footwear, especially on unforgiving surfaces. This really comes into play for anyone who stands for a living, especially on hard surfaces like concrete floors. But it can also impact runners who might have shoes that don’t provide the proper support and impact workers who wear high-heels or in a construction environment, steel-toe boots. Our bodies are not built like brick and mortar structures, so continual pressure builds up throughout the body and our feet tend to take a lot of impact over time. This ongoing strain can eventually work its way up to our calf and lower leg muscles.
Is there a way to help with pain?
The good news is that there are several ways to help you alleviate pain by loosening tissue. For example, resting, stretching and therapeutic massage are all great ways to combat this issue. In sub-acute or chronic cases, heat may be beneficial and massage therapy services such as Himalayan Salt Stone or deep tissue massage can also be used to assist with joint manipulation for added relief.
Another alternative is “cupping” on the bottom of the foot, which is now available at Elements Massage locations across the country. Also, self-massage to the bottom of the feet using a tennis or golf ball and stretching the lower leg and toes can also keep tissue active and healthy.
While plantar fasciitis can be painful and slow down a person’s activities, it’s good to remember that there are several approaches available to help you get back up and running or walking, with a new spring in your step! Find a studio near you today to schedule your appointment!
About the Author
Eric Stephenson is the Chief Wellness Officer for Elements Massage®, one of the largest providers of massage therapy in the United States. Elements Massage was recently recognized by Newsweek as No. 1 in its 2019 America’s Best Customer Service list in the ‘Spa, Wellness and Beauty’ category. As a licensed massage therapist, educator and consultant, his professional travels have enabled him to work with massage therapists around the world. Stephenson is a board member of the International Spa Association.