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Plantar Fascitis is a syndrome of acute and chronic pain of the heel and bottom of the foot (the arch). The pain can be from over use tendonitis, heel spurs, calcification or tendonosis. Very often, the pain that is felt over the heel and arch of the foot actually originates from the lower leg! The calf muscles are made up of the superficial gastrocnemius and the deeper soleus muscles. The tendonous portion of these muscles combine to form the Achilles tendon which inserts into the calcaneous (heel). Strains, tightness and rigidity of these tissues can ultimately lead to heel and plantar foot pain. It is therefore of great benefit to treat these lower leg tissues to prevent pain but also to treat pain and enhance recovery.
This process is perfect for the lats and shoulders.
With the subject laying flat, we have the affected leg propped up a few inches. Applying gentle pressure on a well lubricated area we glide the HealBlade both up and down beteween 20-30 times, repeating as needed and tolerated. For maximal myofascial scrapping we use both the wide/blunt sides as well as the narrow edges.
Here you see how to perform a self myofascial and deep tissue scrapping of the lower leg, Achilles tendon, heel, and plantar fascia. With the affect leg flexed, apply pressure and glide the HealBlade in an upward and downward direction.
So basically the same thing for the neck and trapezius muscles. Same for the quadriceps/thigh and hamstrings.
Same for forearm/tennis elbow/golfers elbow.
Same process as in Lower Leg Self but a few different angles for a better look.
No single treatment works best for everyone with plantar fasciitis but there are many things you can try to help your foot get better:
To reduce pain and swelling, try putting ice on your heel and the arch of the affected foot. Do toe stretches, calf stretches and towel stretches several times a day, especially when you first get up in the morning. Get a new pair of shoes. Pick shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole. Or try heel cups or shoe inserts (orthotics). Use them in both shoes, even if only one foot hurts.
HEAL BLADE USED ON PLANTAR.
antioxidants. Until now, there was no single tools that was readily available to perform ones own Myofascial Scraping. The Heal Blade provides a way of self mild, moderate and deep tissue Myofascial Scraping and massage to commonly afflicted areas such as the plantar fascia, achilles tendon, foot, calf and soleus muscles, forearm muscles, trapezius & neck muscles and the quadriceps muscle.
Myofascial Scraping is a technique of soft to moderate tissue massage involving the use of a specific tool or tools capable of providing uniform and constant linear pressure of the affected area. When soft tissues, such as muscle, ligaments, or tendons become inflamed, a proper amount of pressure and micro trauma will actually assist with tissue recovery by increasing the blood flow to the area. This in turn will bring in fresh blood with nutrients and