How To Use a Percussion Massager For Plantar Fasciitis
In the later years of your life, from ages 40 – 60, you may experience the discomforting agony of plantar fasciitis. Many activities, like long-distance running, dancing, and tennis to name a few, can trigger this sharp pain in your foot that immobilizes you for a short period of time.
You don’t need to rush to an orthopedic doctor right away. The Quantum Percussion Massager by Spectral Body can give you fast-acting relief if it is used correctly.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is described by many as a very painful condition caused by inflammation within the bands of tissue that link your heel to your toes.
The symptoms of this injury include pain in the bottom of the foot at the very center of your heel bone. Many claim that it always feels worse when waking up in the morning when you jump out of bed and take the first step of the day.
If you go to a doctor, they can usually determine the condition by examining your feet for tender areas. Usually, a doctor will be able to judge right away and it is rare for an X-Ray to be required (unless they have a reason to believe that it could be a stress fracture to the bone or pinched and compressed nerves).
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that usually goes away on its own after a couple of months. You can take over the counter medications that prevent inflammation and lower the pain, which will make you feel more comfortable overall. Stretching and massaging your feet can also help speed up the healing time, which we are going to go over here.
Who gets Plantar Fasciitis?
There are many types of people that can be vulnerable to plantar fasciitis. Some people who are prone to get this afflictive foot injury include:
People from ages 40 – 60. So all of you Baby Boomers are likely going to experience this inevitable pain at least once in your lifetime. Think of a tire on the road, after so many miles you are bound to experience a flat. The human version of a flat tire is plantar fasciitis, no only because it is painful but also because it is only temporary and can be fixed.
Athletes. If you are avid in any sport that requires high amounts of running like track and field, marathon running, soccer, or football, there is a chance that during your professional career you will get plantar fasciitis.
People With Bad Foot Mechanics. So if you have underlying conditions like flat feet, a high arch, or an irregular walking pattern that affects the way weight is distributed in your steps, you can have episodes of plantar fasciitis. If you wear high heels quite often this can cause imbalances in your feet. Also, your weight is distributed unevenly, which adds force to your foot putting it in an unnatural position.
Being overweight is troublesome enough, but instances of plantar fasciitis can occur due to the extra pounds which put extra pressure on your feet.
Jobs that require you to be on your feet can also cause plantar fasciitis. Occupations like factory workers, crossing guards, cashiers, and teachers who spend most of their hours walking and standing on hard surfaces all day can slowly damage the plantar fascia. Some workplaces are aware of this and equip their employees with sponge-like mats to stand on.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Let’s breakdown the technical cause of plantar fasciitis. Try to imagine your plantar fascia is in the shape of a bowstring. It supports the arch of your foot and absorbs the shock when you’re taking a stroll. When tension and stress on this bowstring become excessive, small tears occur in the fascia
Repeated trauma can irritate and inflame the fascia, causing stabbing pain at the bottom of your foot near the heel. There usually is a delayed reaction after the exercise or activity before pain occurs.
Stretches For Plantar Fasciitis
After you get this injury, it’s not a bad idea to first do some basic stretches to relieve the pain. You can lighten the load on your heels by performing these simple exercises at home, courtesy of personal trainer and triathlete Deborah Lynn Irmas of Santa Monica, CA.
The Calf Stretch
- Start by standing within an arm’s length from the wall.
- Stagger your legs and place your right foot directly behind your left in a straight line.
- Gingerly bend your forward leg in a forward motion.
- Your back leg should remain straight and you should focus on keeping your right heel on the ground.
- Once in this position, maintain the stretch for approximately 30 seconds then release. Try repeating 3 times.
- Swap leg positions and repeat.
The purpose of this stretch is to target the gastrocnemius muscle in your calf. When your plantar fascia starts to recover and the pain dissipates, you may try out this stretch by performing it with both legs slightly bent. By doing it this way, the stretch loosens the soleus muscle in the lower calf. Always be cautious and remember that it’s important to not hold the stretch positions for too long.
The Plantar Fascitis Chair Stretch Series
For this alleviating stretch, you can perform it while sitting down. This may be the most practical option if you are experiencing severe pain in your feet.
- While seated, you should roll your foot backward then forward repeatedly with either a foam roller or a frozen water bottle. A frozen bottle of Smart Water works best because of its cylinder shape. Continue to do this exercise for a few minutes and then switch to the alternate foot.
- The second part of this exercise will require you to cross one leg over the other and grab your big toe. After you grab your big toe, pull it gently towards you while rotating it in a 360-degree motion then circle the toe counterclockwise. Perform this toe wiggle a few times then switch to the other foot.
- The last seated exercise includes taking a towel then folding it lengthwise and placing your foot inside it as if you were placing it into a horse saddle. With both hands, gently pull the top of the foot towards you and hold for 30 seconds. After you’re done, stretch the other foot.
Shoes To Wear For Plantar Fasciitis
There are many ways to manage plantar fasciitis. One approach is to search for proper footwear for work, leisure, and exercise. The arch and heel support that you need sometimes is not present in your favorite shoe brands.
Someone that is suffering from plantar fasciitis should opt for shoes with an extra-rigid sole and cushioning for the mid-foot area in order to prevent impact directly on the heel.
Firm Heel Support
The back of the heel support surrounding the Achilles tendon should be consider when buying shoes. A firm heel counter support lowers the amount of abnormal stretching of the plantar fascia. This can get rid of pain and inflammation in the heel and arch of the foot.
Every foot is different and experts like podiatrists can be hesitant to recommend a one size fits all shoe solution. Try many pairs and make sure you inform the vendor before purchasing the shoes that you may possibly have to return them if they aggravate your condition.
Types Of Massages For Plantar Fasciitis
Percussion Massager Technique For Plantar Fasciitis
With this drill bit looking attachment, you can use the massager to drill deeper into small trigger points on your feet. You can glide the bit along the bottom of your foot, from the ball to the heel, massaging all the tight connective tissue and restoring blood flow.
The ball attachment works perfectly for a casual foot massage after a long day of work, sports, or activity. It’s very versatile and requires little effort to locate the tender spots of your foot. Try increasing the quantum percussion massager’s setting from 1 through 5 and find your ideal comfort zone. The fifth setting is twice the power of any other massage device you have ever used at 3300 strokes per minute. It is very hard to explain the invigorating feeling until you try it for the first time. Imagine 300 foot masseuses massaging your feet at the same time!
The fork attachment is perfect for probing vertically down your ankle. If you are feeling plantar fasciitis in the back part of your heel, this technique is perfect for relieving tension and pressure. It will restore the connective tissue in the Achilles and help blood flow to the rest of your foot.
Quantum Percussion Massager
The Quantum Massage Gun 3.0 is an innovative new style of percussion therapy. The balanced and compact design makes it absolutely unique in its class.
The new specially contoured design reaches areas of your foot that other massage guns struggle with. Additionally, this deep tissue massage machine is completely cordless so you’re not tethered to the wall or tripping over cords.
Looking to relieve your plantar fasciitis instantly? Percussion therapy is the answer! Whether you want to use it on your partner as a vibrating back massager or give yourself a foot massage after a long day of work, you will see the value of the Quantum Percussion Massager, which serves as a multipurpose massage tool.
The Quantum Massage Gun 3.0 is fueled by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The alloy casing houses a unique, high-torque motor featuring medical-grade technology with four adjustable speed settings, delivering up to 3,300 intense percussions per minute.
This type of targeted deep tissue massage can help relieve common muscle pain and stiffness and improve the range of motion and blood flow, reducing injury risks down the road. With four interchangeable head attachments, it’s also easy to target the massage to any specific area of the body, so toss away your standard foam rollers or other mobility tools! The Quantum Massage Gun 3.0 will be an essential physical therapy massage tool in your daily routine.
Quantum Massager 3.0 Features:
- Helps for sore muscle treatment
- Plantar Fasciitis relief
- Muscle knot removal
- Contoured handle for self-use
- Hip flexor massage
- Promotes circulation
- Accelerates max percussion massage warm-up and recovery
- Lightweight and easy-to-use for self-myofascial release
- Handheld sports massager is great for MMA
- Tangle-free cordless massager
- 105 degree tilt to heal hard to reach muscles
Quantum Massager 3.0 Specifications:
- Powerful high-torque motor
- 5-speed settings deliver up to 3300 percussions per minute
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (Up to 6 hours of use per charge)
- 4 interchangeable head attachments
- Lightweight (2.3 lbs), ergonomic design
- Ergonomic grip
Final Thoughts On Using Percussion Massager Guns For Plantar Fasciitis
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