Plantar Fasciitis Rehabilitation – What can massage therapy do?

Many of you are aware of, suffer, or have suffered through plantar fasciitis at some point in your life. This heel pain can manifest as pain at the bottom of your feet that’s worse in the morning, limited range of motion in your feet, or discomfort with walking. Plantar fasciitis can be a result of improper footwear or an increase in physical activity. The thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot to the heel becomes tight and adhered, causing restriction and pain. The good news is, massage therapy can assist in your rehab program to help eliminate symptoms. 

Deep tissue massage through the calves, and tendons connecting to the heel and foot, is a great way to assist in the breaking down of scar tissue that has formed. At ALPHA health services, your RMT will be equipped with the skills to stretch and manipulate the tissues to release and increase range of motion to the affected area. We may use paraffin wax, heat and castor oil to make the tissues more pliable. Next, the therapist will perform a number of stretching, and deep tissue techniques once everything is loosened up. Depending on the situation, K taping may also be an option for you. If you suspect this sounds like you, do not hesitate to come into the clinic to get looked at! Your feet will thank you.  Any questions? Just ask!
Hilary MacLaughlin
Registered Massage Therapist

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