Muscle imbalance causes foot pain, which then causes your body to be sore. It’s most often not about your shoes, your aging, or your incorrect posture, it is muscle imbalance. And you want that fixed.
You can try specialty shoes, but that’s not going to fix it as much as you’d hope. You’re really only covering up a problem rather than actually fixing it. Massage therapy can help fix it.
The way that we walk causes our feet to arch by developing the muscles that our feet use. That means each of us once had flat feet, but we developed our arches. And this proper muscle development, prevents foot pain, which then also prevents lower back pains.
Our calves are the primary muscles our feet use, and that’s where your massage therapy focuses on fixing foot pains, hammer toes, shin splints, as well as plantar fasciitis.
Depending on a few factors, such as injury history, types of injuries, and the degree of an injury, massage therapy sessions can help. How much it can help, and how long you’ll feel better depends on your willingness to go through recommended sessions, as well as any extra supportive activities, such as stretching. On average, injuries will be helped with 3 – 5 sessions, and you’ll notice improvements after your second visit. But if you’ve been in chronic pain, it’s recommended you visit for 8 – 12 sessions. You’ll still notice some improvements after your second session.
Several foot pains can be treated by massage therapy, such as:
· Hammer toes
· Mid-arch pain
· Plantar fasciitis
· Flat feet
· Heel spurs
The style of massage will feel different than one that’s supposed to relax you all over. This is because 3 quarters of the hour-long sessions focus just on your sore spot. Pre- and post-assessments will also occur. Wearing shorts is preferred during a session but loose pants are alright as well.
You will also be learning helpful stretching techniques as well as exercises that you should do on your own between your sessions. How long you should continue your stretching depends on your injury information. Some injuries can be properly healed and won’t likely re-occur, so you no longer would need to stretch if this works out. But some are chronic pain which means you should continue stretching for a longer period of time.