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Plantar Fasciitis

I have been privileged to journey on the healer’s path for over two decades. And I have been blessed by the Spirit to have made this journey without the benefit of third party insurance, although some of the Doctors I know might argue that fact. There are usually only a handful of painful conditions that are brought to all of us who are lumped in the huge genre of massage therapy. Literally anyone who touches someone in our country who isn’t a doctor, nurse, chiropractor, or acupuncturist is considered a massage therapist. I am a graduate of the Rolf Institute and Rolfing feels very different than a classic Swedish massage. I have also focused on craniosacral therapy from the Upledger Institute and the Karuna Institute. Neither resembles massage…oh well I regress.


One of the handful of painful complaints that is brought to my table is plantar fasciitis. And it hurts! Anyone who has suffered from plantar fasciitis can attest to this, especially when they first get out of bed in the morning. There are a few medical procedures that have proven effective, including cortisone injections, physical therapy, the boot which isolates movement, and lastly surgical intervention. Let me brag, in the 22 years of practice, no one, and I repeat no one has needed surgery, and all have recovered satisfactorily unless they were tired of spending disposable income or couldn’t afford my pricing structure. I tell people if you have been on the planet 60 years that 500,000 hours! Do the math, it may take some time to alleviate the patterns that have created this syndrome. But, a few have fled, which is unfortunate, but understandable.

Now if there is a prominent bone spur, its possible that surgery is the only avenue, because reabsorbing it may take more time then people are willing to spend. And surgery is very valuable, as we all know.

So, what has caused this inflammation to begin with? Is it an over use injury? Well, yes, one could say that but who cares what caused the painful injury. I have seen it in flat as well as high arches. But, it does seem more prevalent in the less flexible higher arch anatomy. It really doesn’t matter what caused it, because I have seen plantar fasciitis in every walk of life (pun intended). So please laugh, studies have shown laughter is good for you health. Might even help plantar fasciitis! Let me give you one obvious example of probably cause. I am working on a doctor who is a hospitalist. He spend 12 hours a day, seven days a week or about 84 hours cruising the floors at one of our Virginia hospitals. You think the bottom of his feet might be sore? It is one of the worst cases I have seen and he has been suffering for over a year, but after one session he was felt a vast amount of relief for 3 days, So, we are on the right track.

“How many sessions will it take” is the question I most often get when someone who is suffering from plantar fasciitis calls me. I answer,” one foot or two”. I always feel like I am a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. The most sessions I have had to perform was 15 on a gentlemen who is an optician who stands on his fee on hard floors all day at least 5 days a week. He needs a tune up every 4-6 months. It is extremely cost effective. If the Insurance companies got off their gluteals and hip rotators they would save tons of money if they embraced alternative therapies and quit trying to screw everyone who legitimately needs help. They would actually save money. Sorry, stepping down off my bully pulpit, just one moment.

So, what’s the secret? Sure the plantar aspect of the foot hurts. Oftentimes, it hurts into the calcaneus. But, in my opinion its all the muscles above the retinaculum…ALL of them! At least that is what I have found in my practice. I suggest you learn the second session as taught by Ida Rolf, if you do your patients’s plantar fasciitis will be a historical event. Visit http://www.lyonsinstitute.com for more information on how to deal with this painful condition.

Source by Judah Lyons

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