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My Feet are Killing Me!

My Feet are Killing Me!

Rick Crone

“My feet are killing me!”  How many times have you heard that -  or SAID that?  So many things can cause your feet to ache… wearing painful (but so pretty) high heels; standing for long periods of time, athletic hiking or running; or the extremely painful, plantar fasciitis. 

Did you know that as little as ten minutes of deep tissue massage combined with some good stretching can provide relief and even alleviate plantar fasciitis.  Plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain on the sole of the foot.  Often, the pain is especially bad in the morning and when you come up on your ‘tip toes’.  It’s the most common cause of heel pain .  The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes.  It supports the arch of your foot.

A recent study that combined just ten minutes of deep pressure massage to the lower calf along with stretches for the same area, reduced the pain level of test subjects – more so than ultrasound – and provided them with a greater degree of movement and flexibility to the area.

A good, deep tissue massage therapist can help with more than the common problems of back pain.  Ask your therapist to customize your massage and provide you with the relief your aching feet need.  

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