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If you have plantar fasciitis, you are probably aware of the pain that it can cause. You have probably tried every treatment so far – but even at this point, you steer clear of every activity that has you walking for longer periods. The pain makes you stop very often, causing you to isolate and prevent you from being able to enjoy life.
Enter Gua Sha, a deep tissue massage that can reduce the inflammation and provide pain relief for your ligaments, tendons, and fascia – allowing you to live a much more comfortable life.
One thing that you need to remember is that if you have plantar fasciitis, the problem is not local – but instead, it’s a result of your body’s biomechanical faults. Your plantar fascia has a bowstring shape, to support the arch and absorb the shock as you are taken steps.
The problem appears when the stress and tension on the bowstring become too great, causing small tears to appear in the fascia. The main cause of this remains unknown, but what we do know is that stretching and tearing this muscle repeatedly can lead to an inflammation of the fascia.
Yes, many GuaSha practitioners believe that if you apply enough heat to the problem area, you should be able to get to the root of the inflammation. Plus, these pressured strokes should be able to improve blood circulation, reducing the pain, and rejuvenating the problem area.
With the help of scraping, your body is able to heal faster than normal circumstances would allow. With better blood circulation, the tears appearing in your muscles will be able to heal faster – supporting your foot and taking the pain away.
Bear in mind that gua sha works in tandem with other techniques and treatments for plantar fasciitis. For example, if the problem is caused by too much running, then you might want to discuss with your therapist and reduce your running sessions. While you are on this “running break,” the gua sha will allow your muscles to heal faster – and get you on track quicker than you anticipated.
Here is a video of how to use Gua Sha to relieve plantar faciitis. In addition, by practicing some non-Gua Sha exercises would also help quicken your healing process for plantar faciitis. Here is video 1 and video 2 on simple exercises to relive Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis can certainly be relieved with Gua Sha. So, consider getting a basic essential Guasha set and try it out yourself at home It might take a while and multiple sessions until the pain goes away – but even so, it will be much faster in comparison to other treatments. The best part? It is organic and harmless trying!