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Plantar Fasciitis Slowing You Down?


Plantar Fasciitis is characterized by pain at sole of the foot, typically the bottom of the heel. The first few steps you take in the morning or after periods of rest are usually painful, and there will be tenderness if you press into your heel. Many people live with this condition far longer than neccessary! If your doctor has diagnosed plantar fasciitis, and ruled out other possible causes of your foot pain, consider the following tips to help get you back on track.

1. Massage Therapy on the calves and feet can reduce pain and trigger points and reduce the stress on the heel and plantar fascia.

2. Massage your own feet first thing in the morning or after prolonged rest to warm up the tissue, make it more pliable, and to avoid repeated tearing and inflammation of the plantar fascia. You can use your hands, or try rolling your foot on a tennis ball.

3. Good footwear is extremely important. High heels, or shoes without proper support can put extra strain on the bottom of the foot. Get some good quality, supportive shoes and wear them as much as you can, even in your home.  A certified Pedorthist may also recommend orthotics or other foot aids.

4. Stretch your calfs. To stretch the right calf, stand a little less than an arm’s length away from a wall. lean with your arms for balance and extend your right leg behind you, keeping the knee straight, and press your heel into the ground. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat the same stretch, but with your knee bent this time. Repeat on the left.

5. Ice your foot to reduce pain and inflammation. Use a frozen gel pack or roll your foot on a frozen water bottle.

6. Rest! If you know which activity is causing the problem, take a break from it for a while. Plantar fasciitis is caused by excessive pressure on the arch of the foot, so avoid running, standing for long periods of time, expecially on hard floors, stairs or hills, etc.

Scar Tissue Massage

Do you have surgical scars or burns? Your scar tissue could be causing you pain even if it is a very old injury. While scarring is a natural part of the healing process, sometimes we are left with too much fibrous tissue that restricts our natural movement, leading to compensation, painID-10068334 and dysfunction. Massage therapy can effectively make your scars more mobile and pliable, and diminish uneven texture. The effect of warming the tissue, stretching it, and releasing adhesions is greater range of motion, less pain, and a more attractive appearance. Whether your scar is a result of breast reconstruction, heart surgery, hysterectomy, burns, or any other type of trauma, let your massage therapist know and see what a difference it can make.

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Benefits of Massage Therapy

echinacea-10935People often ask me what types of conditions I treat. There are dozens I could list, but it might be more helpful to share my observations about why people choose massage therapy.

The bottom line is that many people experience pain, discomfort, or dysfunction and they want to feel healthy and well again. Massage therapy can ease muscle pain, increase range of motion, improve joint health, and restore function, all without surgical or invasive procedures.

Also, patients are often not satisfied with taking medication and are hoping to find a natural and long-lasting solution that addresses the problem instead of masking the symptoms.

Another common reason is that it helps people to maintain health and wellness and prevent injuries.
For instance, if you have pain caused by poor body mechanics or bad posture, your massage therapist can help identify the specific postures that are causing the strains which are producing pain. By teaching you body awareness, coaching you in your posture, improving the health of the irritated muscles and aligning the joints, your discomfort can be alleviated and you can stop taking pain medication for your headaches and backaches. Through continued regular maintenance your muscles will be in better health and you will become more body aware which will reduce your chances of injury.

New Location Now Open!


Cynthia is now providing Massage Therapy at her new location at THE FACTORY, 40 Sunset Blvd., Suite 45, Entrance B, Perth, Ontario. Plenty of free parking, wheelchair accessible.