How a Deep Tissue Massage Can Provide Relief from Plantar Fasciitis

Posted on: February 22, 2016 by in Info Articles
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The plantar fascia is a long flat band of connective tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. If you spend a lot of time on your feet or you have high arches, you could develop plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by wearing poorly made shoes, poor posture or by other conditions such as being overweight.

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The pain from plantar fasciitis makes it difficult to do routine activities like climbing stairs or going for a walk, and the symptoms are usually at their worst when you first wake up in the morning. Although rest may alleviate the symptoms it will not treat the root cause of the problem. You may want to take advantage of the services of a massage therapy center in Denver such as Berkley Community Acupuncture and Massage Therapy to help with this painful condition.

Release of Muscle Tension
The primary benefit of a massage for plantar fasciitis is the release of muscle tension. Inflammation of your plantar fascia creates a great deal of tightness in your foot’s tendons and muscles. With every step that you take, you feel this tension in the form of pain. A deep tissue massage releases the tension and soreness in your muscles and the plantar fascia. You may also feel more comfortable and relaxed after the painful areas of your feet are massaged.

Breaks Up Scar Tissue
If you have an old injury or have ever had foot surgery, there could be scar tissue causing your plantar fascia to be tight. A heel spur or other foot problems can also lead to the formation of scar tissue that affects the plantar fascia. Deep tissue massages can help to break up the scar tissue. Once your body produces replacement tissue that is more flexible, your plantar fasciitis symptoms may be lessened or even go away.

Improves Circulation
When your plantar fascia is swollen, it receives less blood flow. A deep tissue massage can help to improve oxygen and nutrient circulation in your feet. This may result in faster healing and formation of healthy tissue in your feet. The buildup of toxins in your plantar fascia can also be released through deep tissue massage. Your circulatory system will be able to eliminate these toxins after the massage.

Sources:

Deep Tissue Massage for Plantar Fasciitis, www.pacificcollege.edu

Plantar Fasciitis Massage, www.sportsinjuryclinic.net

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