Heal the Plantar Fasciitis with Deep Tissue Massage

Date Posted:4 December 2017

Plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue that starts at five toes and extends to the bottom of heel. Runners, mountain climbers and aerobic practitioners can become distressed by plantar fasciitis, due to constant strain on them during their exertions.


Roots of plantar fasciitis


This problem may arise due to wearing wrong footwear, like ballet flats and flip-flops, or even walking barefoot. A sudden increase in working out, running distance, or standing on hard surfaces can also result in plantar fasciitis. Obese people are more prone to develop this condition. It is a common problem for individuals between the ages of 40 and 60.




How you can get relief from plantar fasciitis

Stretch your lower legs, calves, ankles, and feet to ease the pain. Also, exercise such as swimming, rowing, hand cycling, battle ropes, or weight lifting for the upper body can help you out.

The potential of deep tissue massage

This problem can also be eased with deep tissue massage. In this, the professionals focuses on the deeper muscle tissues by applying pressure on the fascia, achilles heel, and calf muscles through slow strokes. Deep tissue massage can release muscle tension, break scar tissue, and reduce soreness. Undergo this type of massage therapy regularly to experience the difference.

Deep tissue massage removes muscle toxins, loosen the muscle tissues, and ensure proper circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body. After every massage session, the patient is recommended to drink a lot of water in order to remove toxins from the body.

Those who have open wounds on plantar fascia or on nearby areas should avoid deep tissue massage. Also, if you are suffering from conditions, like osteoporosis or have recently gone through any surgery should avoid it. People with history of blood clots should also not undergo deep tissue massage, as these blood clots can be displaced and can get to areas where they could cause problems.

A deep tissue massage can physically break down the adhesions formed by muscle tissues caused by overstrain.


Scientific study favouring deep tissue massage


An article `published by the Manual Therapy journal in September 2013, titled “Deep massage to posterior calf muscles in combination with neural mobilisation exercises as a treatment for heel pain: A pilot randomized clinical trial”, details the effects of deep tissue massage combined with neural mobilisation exercise. The single-blind study included 69 patients who were either an ultrasound group or a deep massage group.


In the study, “therapists massaged the medial and lateral aspects of the posterior calf from both a medial and lateral approach. The pressure was deep enough to generate a pain response and was performed with thumbs or another body part, such as an elbow,” according to Massage Today. The deep tissue massage group showed better improvement than the ultrasound group.


Final words


To experience all the benefits of deep tissue massage, visit a renowned masseur who can provide an effective massage to ease all kinds of body discomforts you may be suffering from.