Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue in the feet, and it can be very painful. Learn about massaging the feet and lower legs with help from a massage therapist in this free video on plantar fasciitis massage techniques.
Hi, I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax! Message Therapy in Wilmington, North Carolina. And today, we're going to talk about message techniques for plantar fasciitis. What you'll need for this is a table, some lotion, and some space. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascia or connective tissue or the feet and is often very painful. It hurts people with walk and they have all kinds of problems with it. What people need to understand about plantar fasciitis is that it doesn't just happen in the feet. It's all the muscles that come down and turn into tendons that come in and connect and help make up th foot, that can cause problems in that area. So when you're working and treating plantar fasciitis, not only do you work on the foot itself, but you have to work on everything that connects into the foot. And that includes the major muscles of the leg. So, you're going to want to work on the gastrop muscle, which is that big muscle that gives the calf its look. And there's another muscle that's underneath the gastrop, it comes under here. It's called the soleus. And you're going to want to work in there and work on that part of the leg too. So, you're going to release all this in here and also in here along the edges of the inside of the leg, the medial part of the leg. Okay, work on that we're going to release all that. And then get down in here into the Achilles tendon area. Because, where all these come down they turn to these tendons and they come in here and they wrap around the ankle and then they turn into the muscles in the tendons that activate the foot. So, a lot of times, that plantar fasciitis is activated because of tightness in the leg. So, then you get in here and you work on that foot. And of course when you're working on someone, I'm trying to work on Kelly's feet real, real firm because I think she's trying not to be tickled. And you want to get in there and work on that. But these tendons come around here and they attach in here, so you want to work all the way around the ankle, around the ankle bones, the Achilles and then also, all the back and bottom of the foot and the top would help also. And those are all techniques that you can use to help with plantar fasciitis.