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Posted by on Aug 30, 2021 | 0 comments

What Is The First Step In Healing Plantar Fasciitis


We had a request from Sue Diaz who is a former patient. She asked what you can do to heal plantar fasciitis at home, as well as how to do preventative maintenance. So today, what we want to do is kind of give you some pointers, so if you do have plantar fasciitis there’s stuff that you can start doing on your own at home. See if these tips will help you get rid of it or take care of it. If they don’t, then you may need to call us for further help, but certainly, the suggestions we’re going to give you can help a lot. And like I said, a lot of cases, it will take care of it for you.

So, first thing I want to tell you about plantar fasciitis, is typically as most people know, especially if they’ve got it, it’s heel pain and or bottom of the foot pain. It’s usually worse in the morning when you first get out of bed and put weight on it. Typically we sleep in a shortened position. So whenever our toes and feet are pointed, those tissues are shortened and they start healing in a shortened position. Then you get up and put weight on, or you’re maybe stretching, and that can cause pain. So a lot of times the use of the night splint, which is a little splint you put around your foot to hold your foot in a up position, has been shown to give you some good relief.

The big thing that Brian and I really promote as the number one thing you can do, you need to make sure you’re walking with your feet straight. Most people walk with their feet, turned out. They put the weight on the outside of their foot. Their arches collapse, their plantar fascia gets overused, and then it starts breaking down. So first line of defense always is start walking with your feet straight.

Now here’s where we differ from the main stream. What people are told a lot of times is never go barefoot again. Well, we don’t believe in that because our bodies were designed without shoes and they’re perfectly designed not to need shoes. So we’re big proponents of you need to learn to straighten your feet, correct your mechanics.

So primary goal, number one, start making sure your feet are straight. Spend more time barefoot and correct mechanics. Meaning when you walk, you land on your heel and you push off your big toe, not the little toe side.
So as much time as you can go barefoot, start doing that. If you’re not used to barefoot and you find that five minutes starts aggravating your feet, just because you’re not used to it, spend three or four minutes. Slowly build your time up to where then you can start handling more time. Your body has to adapt to that. But that’s going to be, the best start is feet straight, heel, big toe push off and use your big toe like you would a gun barrel. Point that big toe in a straight line towards the direction you’re walking.

So first line of defense is proper mechanics when walking, because none of the exercises and stretches that we’re going to give you will work if you don’t correct the mechanics first. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as we release exercises that will help you. So if you have further questions, contact us at fitnessforlifept.com.

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 | 0 comments

How is the Astym Treatment Done?

astym treatmentAstym® treatment is a therapy that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym®treatment is highly effective and even works when other approaches routinely fail. One of the main reasons Astym® treatment is so much more effective than other treatments is that it was scientifically developed to resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to temporarily relieve symptoms. It is one of the most researched and effective therapy treatments available.

Generally, chronic soft tissue problems are due to scarring or degeneration. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons and ligaments. Both scarring and degeneration are common and can result in pain and limitations in movement.

The body’s soft tissues degenerate when inadequate healing occurs, and over time the tissues degrade. Degenerated tissues are weak and prone to injury. Degeneration can be caused by many factors, including age, intense use, improper movement, weakened muscles putting extra stress on other tissues, disease, etc.

So how does this process work?

First we stimulate: An Astym®-certified therapist follows specific treatment parameters to initiate the healing process. She or he will run instruments firmly along your skin, following the direction of the muscle, tendon or ligament. You will feel bumps as the instrument moves along your skin. These bumps are the defective soft tissue. The first couple of treatments may range from being only slightly noticeable to mildly uncomfortable — but stick with it. As your body heals, those bumps will decrease and the area around your old injury will smooth out nicely, indicating healing. There also may be some mild bruising in the area being treated, but don’t worry! That is one indication that the body is hard at work, absorbing the old tissue and laying down healthy new tissue.

Then you stretch and strengthen: It’s up to you to guide how your body heals. Your therapist will give you a customized stretching and strengthening program designed to encourage your body to heal correctly. Stretching tells the new fibers to line up properly, in nice parallel lines. Strengthening makes the fibers stronger, allowing your symptoms of pain and discomfort to go away.

And stay active: We’ve found that if you continue to work, play sports or do your favorite activities while you are enrolled in Astym® therapy, the tissue remodeling will occur in a way that supports these activities. The great news is that the Astym® treatment allows you to participate in these activities without the pain you previously felt. By remaining active during the Astym® process, your old injured area will become stronger.

We are proud to be certified providers of this therapy. For more information or if you have specific questions, please contact us here.

 

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 | 0 comments

Plantar Fasciitis Relief With Asytm Therapy

plantar fasciitisAstym® treatment is a therapy that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions, such as what you experience when you have plantar fasciitis. Astym®treatment is highly effective and even works when other approaches routinely fail. One of the main reasons Astym® treatment is so much more effective than other treatments is that it was scientifically developed to resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to temporarily relieve symptoms. It is one of the most researched and effective therapy treatments available. Astym®treatment is unmatched in its ability to resolve tendinopathies, scar tissue problems, and other soft tissue dysfunctions. Doctors regularly prescribe Astym® treatment specifically for their patients, and elite athletes and knowledgeable patients seek out Astym® treatment for superior results. When your health and ability to stay active is at stake, only the best will do.

Generally, chronic soft tissue problems are due to scarring or degeneration. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons and ligaments. Both scarring and degeneration are common and can result in pain and limitations in movement.

The body’s soft tissues degenerate when inadequate healing occurs, and over time the tissues degrade. Degenerated tissues are weak and prone to injury. Degeneration can be caused by many factors, including age, intense use, improper movement, weakened muscles putting extra stress on other tissues, disease, etc. Most chronic tendinopathies are primarily degenerative in nature.

Scarring can happen on top of the skin, but often the biggest problems come from scar tissue that forms inside the body around joints, muscles, tendons and/or ligaments. The body naturally lays down some scar tissue in response to irritation or injury. The fibrous, strong scar tissue is meant to reinforce an area, but often it ends up restricting movement and causing pain. The causes of problem scar tissue can be injury (such as a sprained ankle, car accident, etc.), a surgery (good surgery can be done, but the body’s response with scar tissue can prevent a full recovery), intense or over use of soft tissues (such as sports, repetitive work, activity beyond your fitness level, etc.), sprains or other strains on soft tissues.

In regards to plantar fasciitis, check out this amazing testimonial:

I had been suffering with plantar fasciitis in my right foot for a very long time, years off and on. Sometimes it was so bad, I could barely walk. Those first few steps in the morning were incredibly painful. I have always enjoyed working out, running and being active. I would have to give up running for months on end at times and had to adjust my routine in the gym to accommodate the pain in my foot. I had seen a podiatrist many times, used custom orthotics in my shoes daily and had cortisone shots in my heel many times. Nothing seemed to work for long.

I began taking Pilates at Back2Normal to incorporate a good stretching routine into my weekly workout schedule in an effort to help all the areas of my body that were limited from tight muscles, including my foot. There I met Lisa Chase, who owns the facility and is an amazing physical therapist. She began treating me for my plantar fasciitis and some lower back pain. Lisa introduced Astym Therapy to my therapy for several weeks. It can be uncomfortable if you are already in pain, but I noticed a difference immediately after each treatment and after several weeks, my foot is almost 100%. I still have tightness if I don’t keep up the stretching, but when I begin to feel it tightening up, I make sure to get in and break up that tissue with some Astym therapy from Lisa. It has made a marked difference in my fitness capabilities and just my daily comfort.

Carol Thornton
Back2Normal Physical Therapy,  Saint Petersburg, Florida

For more testimonials, we encourage you to check the Astym website.

In order to determine whether Astym® treatment is right for you, please give our offices a call. Mark is a certified provider and will be glad to get you back on your feet again – pain free!

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Why Are Your Feet So Important?

feetYour feet play a very important role when it comes to stability and preventing pain. If you stop and think about what your feet actually have to do, it is amazing. They are responsible for keeping you upright when you are standing and walking.

In our clinic, we see a lot of people that stand or sit with their feet turned way out. This will directly affect their mechanics from their feet all the way up to their neck. You want to have a stable structure to function properly. So we will take a look at how they stand and walk, and typically their feet are turned out or they have flattened their arches, and that is why they are complaining of pain. Whether it is ankle, knee, hips, typically the pain is coming from a problem with their feet – not the area that is hurting.

So what can you do?

Strengthening your arch. Even if you think you have a “flat arch”, it probably is just poor muscle structure. Simple exercises can be done to strengthen those muscles and regain a proper arch – helping you become more stable.

Focus on how you walk and stand. Make sure you are keeping your feet pointed straight ahead. when you walk.

Mark goes into detail about why this is all so very important. Learn more here. Make sure to contact us if you have any questions.

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