How to Eliminate Plantar Fasciitis with Acupuncture and Graston Technique
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Pain is caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue located on the bottom of the foot running from the heel to the toes. The fascia connects the heel bone to the toes. A stabbing pain the first thing in the morning that is relieved by walking may return upon sitting for long periods or when standing for hours. Tears in the fascia and irritation and inflammation follow. Plantar Fasciitis is a complaint of runners, the obese, or those wearing shoes with inadequate support. It is felt AFTER exercise and may cause the person to limp due to the discomfort or throw the posture out of alignment to compensation. Others who are at risk for this common foot pain complaint also include dancers and jumping sports, people with flat feet or high arches or those with abnormal walking patterns. Occupations that require standing for long periods of time or standing on hard surfaces for extended periods are also more likely to suffer.
The Graston Technique (GT) breaks up and removes scar tissue, therefore reducing or eliminating the adhered fibers and associated pain. Many GT practitioners feel that it is the most effective soft-tissue treatment for rehabilitation, and it is especially effective plantar fasciitis. Patient benefits include decreased treatment time, faster recovery/rehab time, decreased need for supplemental anti-inflammatories, and complete resolution of stubborn chronic conditions and increased range of motion.
It is beneficial to combine acupuncture with Graston Technique as acupuncture accelerates the healing rate of injuries and reduces pain.
Originally developed by athletes and used by practitioners since 1994. GT is used by athletic trainers, hand therapists, OT’s, PT’s, acupuncturists and chiropractors to treat soft tissue injuries and inflammation. Using stainless steel instruments, practitioners slide across painful or tissue restricted areas. If the sensation of gravel or sand is felt, the tools are applied over and around the area to aid in release and breakup of scar tissue and fascial restrictions. It is a non-invasive and medication free technique.
It is beneficial to combine acupuncture with GT as acupuncture accelerates the healing rate of injuries and reduces pain. Acupuncture increases local microcirculation by attracting white blood cells to the area, aiding in the dispersal of swelling and bruising. Following an acupuncture treatment, a variety of substances are released, including endorphins and neurotransmitters, which reduce pain and promote relaxation.
Diane Bousquin L.Ac. has been in practice in La Jolla for more than 14 years. As an acupuncturist she currently uses the Graston Technique for Plantar Fasciitis and other foot injuries in her practice with excellent clinical results.