I have had several clients come to me with a sharp pain in the pad of their foot (or both feet) which has been diagnosed as plantar fasciitis . The pain is so bad that there are days when they can hardly walk or they have pain in bed which impacts their sleep. Many doctors will prescribe cortisteroids and other injections as well as provide orthopedic inserts for shoes. Why don’t we address the common structural problems that lead to plantar fasciitis, so we can avoid all of that? The key to solving the plantar fasciitis dilemma is structural and Dynamic Fascial Response™ is an effective path to healing it.
Finding a therapist who has some form of fascial bodywork training or self study along with knowledge in postural alignment exercises is essential for quick recovery of plantar fasciitis. Fascia is an uninterrupted, three-dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, from front to back, from interior to exterior. It is responsible for maintaining structural integrity; for providing support and protection; and acts as a shock absorber. Therefore, when addressing this condition of plantar fasciitis, DFR™ doesn’t go straight to the pain spot and start working it. We assess the body and emotional body with a broad vision so as to approach plantar fasciitis with the integrity and ‘deep listening’ that it deserves. There are some key muscles that play a part and they are namely in the legs. Addressing these lower posterior muscles and the posterior fascial chain that connects them to the calcaneous via achilles tendon, a therapist can relieve plantar fasciitis in a few one hour sessions. Even one 90 min. session will cure the pain of plantar fasciitis but I would suggest two or three follow up sessions to continue to iron out any fascial restrictions whether or not posture, weight, lifestyle or compromised muscle recruitment presents the potential ‘bounce back’.
Plantar fasciitis treatment can also be performed on prenatal clients in a side-lying position while taking great care to avoid contraindicated points and positions for special populations and conditions.