If you’re here reading this its probably safe to say you know how effective acupuncture and natural remedies like essential oils can be for pain relief in general.
What you may not know:
Is that acupuncture can help with healing plantar fasciitis.
I found this video extremely helpful before I started looking for an acupuncturist, hopefully it helps you too.
And this isn’t just hearsay, it has actually been studied and shown to have major benefits for speeding up the healing process. The thin needles used in acupuncture are inserted into the body in areas to release a flow of energy that relieves pain. This release of energy is thought to boost the body’s natural painkillers and improve circulation / blood flow to the area -- this increased circulation allows the body’s healing processes to work faster and in a more targeted fashion.
As you are probably aware,
Plantar fasciitis is the over stressing of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes and forms your arches. When it is stretches too far, it can get little tears in the ligament, and pulls the tissue away from the heel. It not treated right away, it can become inflamed and cause extreme pain.
Alright, so what are the studies saying?
Studies on the Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis
A group of eighteen patients in an orthopedic clinic, who were suffering for over 12 months with chronic plantar fasciitis were observed. They all had conservative treatment of exercise and shoe-support, without significant pain reduction.
Then acupuncture was introduced.
And the results?
After four weekly sessions of acupuncture to cure plantar fasciitis:
For the patients receiving treatment, significant pain reduction was reported.
If complete pain relief was not achieved -- patients were given an additional two weeks, adding of trigger point acupuncture in the gastro-soleus and plantar fascia. Pain reduction was especially noticeable for these patients who received an extra 2 weeks.
This demonstrates the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating plantar fasciitis.
Research also indicates:
Acupuncture used along with other supportive methods like exercise and proper shoes, is likely the best way to get relief from the condition.
The points used were the Taixi (Kl.3), Kunlun (BL 60) and Sanviniiao (SP 6).
Helpful in Conjunction with Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis
Massage Slippers Acupuncture Foot Massager
The foot massager uses reflexology. Reflexology is technology which has been used for years to stimulate the energy and blood flow in the feet.
You need to wear the slippers for at least 15 minutes per day for best results.
The slipper usage results in a strengthening of weak areas in your body, but only if you wear them on a regular daily basis.
They work by stimulate the circulation of your feet, similar to how acupuncture does, applying focused pressure to reflex points to cure and prevent plantar fasciitis.
These massaging slippers work very well but seem to work best when you wear them before bedtime as it tends to help you sleep soundly and stress free with less pain in the morning.
ProSource Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set
This mat and pillow set help reduce muscle tension and back pain that can be caused by or even cause plantar fasciitis.
It is recommended :
The mat should be used for 30 minutes per day for effective pain relief from plantar fasciitis.
Okay, but how does it work?
Acupressure releases endorphins that reduce pain and relax muscles in the back, neck and feet.
The mat has 6,210 acupressure points and the neck pillow has 1,782 acupressure points.
Meridian Electronic Acupuncture Pen
This device according to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, stimulates various points of the body to relieve pain.
It converts the biophysical factors of the body by penetrating the skin giving beneficial results. The pen helps detect meridians and gives a pulse that will help reduce pain through stimulation. Those who have used it say it is best to use gel with it.
A combination TENS and PMS device for drug free pain relief of plantar fasciitis.
The pen sends low-voltage pulses to the skin to stimulate nerve fibers, blocking the pain signal to your brain. This increases the release of endorphins which is a natural form of pain relief.
People who have used it say it works well and is in the moderate price range. It has six massage ranges including tapping, acupuncture, deep tissue, foot, cupping and combo.
A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments
This book by Michael Reed Gach teaches self-healing techniques with acupressure points. It can relieve symptoms of a number of conditions, including plantar fasciitis. It includes photos so you can see exactly what to do for relief. People who ordered the book, generally thought it was very helpful. It is reasonably priced.
Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D. gives easy routines and healing point formulas for getting relief from many different conditions. There are over 400 illustrations and photos.
Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager
This Foot massager has two foot chambers, and gives a shiatsu massage to the bottom and sides of the feet.
The massage will relieve foot pain and improve blood circulation. You can select your preferred heat setting. It is a little more expensive than other similar devices, but most people who have it say it is worth the money.
The products listed here are just a few of the many helpful items people with plantar fasciitis use to find relief. They all are helpful when used with regular acupuncture. The devices and products are things that you can use at home to continue your foot care over a period of time. Acupuncture and devices that provide acupressure treatments not only feel good, they will help with relaxation and most importantly, pain relief from plantar fasciitis.
Again, the whole point for using acupuncture and acupressure is to stimulate the blood flow and release energy to the affected area. If practiced on a regular basis you can recover for many debilitating conditions including plantar fasciitis.