Stop Foot Pain!

If you have foot pain you know what we mean!

There are several causes and symptoms for foot pain. One of the more common issues is pain when taking the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning or long periods of sitting. There may be many causes for this pain, plantar fasciitis being one of the more common. There are several opinions on treatment of foot pain from soaking, massage, and stretching to shots, medication, and surgery. Google brought up almost 47,000,000 results in 0.23 second on the search for ‘foot pain’.

At Atrium Wellness, Inc. we are not proponents of surgery unless it is the last possible resort. Therefore, we begin at the other end of the spectrum.

Your pain is real and you want it gone. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce your discomfort. As always: consult a physician if there is a cause for concern such as broken skin, signs of infection, inability to bear weight on the foot.

  • Soak your feet in Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) water (follow instructions on the Epsom Salt package). You can see our FaceBook post on Epsom salt for more information on how it works.
  • Stretch your feet
    • Stand facing a wall with you toe touching the base board
    • Put your hands on the wall for stabilization
    • Place your back foot behind you approximately two feet, or enough to be able to comfortably come up on your toe.
    • Press down on the back foots toes bringing the heel up off the floor
    • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds
    • Repeat by switching the positioning of your feet
  • Massage
    • A trained and certified massage therapist will be able to massage the foot, and possibly leg, to reduce your pain
    • The massage therapist should then give you lessons on how best to stretch you own feet at home to continue treatment
  • Brace it
    • Wearing a specially made brace at night to bring your foot into flexion

Your foot pain may lead to more serious problems if left untreated.

Get Rid of My Pain

 

How many times have you been ready to do anything just to stop the pain?

If your answer is at least once, that’s too many, right?

Clients often come to me as a last resort telling me that doctors say there is nothing wrong with them but the pain is still there. Many times muscle relaxers were prescribed to no avail. Often, physical therapy was the doctor’s suggestion and it caused more pain.

Medical doctors are typically not thoroughly trained in soft tissue disorders. Rather than having their patient leave feeling they did not get an answer or were not heard the doctor will do something, anything. Insurance costs are skyrocketing and people are getting hooked on drugs or walking around in pain because of this mentality.

 

When you are ready to do anything,or better yet, BEFORE you get to the point of being ready to do anything, give massage therapy a try.

Massage Therapy is NOT just for relaxation! Massage can be very therapeutic.

Find a therapist who:

  • Is trained in trigger point therapy
  • Has working knowledge of myofascial release
  • Can properly explain the physiology of a trigger point
  • Does not believe that they are not doing their job if they don’t leave you in pain

Too often clients come to me saying how they were in such pain for days after their last ‘therapeutic massage’. Pain is our body’s way of telling us something is wrong, if your therapist is leaving you in pain, there is something wrong.

Decrease Depression

It may sound silly that people actually receive money to preform studies to prove that massage decreases depression. Well, studies, lots of studies prove that massage does reduce depression across the board including:

  • Postpartum depression
  • Depression from Fibromyalgia
  • HIV/Aids related depression
  • Depression in adolescent mothers
  • Chronic fatigue

This list was compiled from the Touch Research Institute in Miami FL who has done studies on other ailments being affected by massage as well. Massage is no longer a luxury afforded only to the wealthy, it is a healthy habit that benifits everyone, including the depressed.

The types of depression discussed here are not just ‘feeling blue’ or ‘down in the dumps’ that go away in a day or two. Clinical depression lasts for two weeks or longer and has other debilitating effects in addition to feeling poorly. If you feel you might suffer from depression, contact your physician for a check up. Discuss with the doctor your ideas of getting a massage and if they are opposed because it will not help depression they are misinformed. Please refer them to this article or the Touch Research Institute for more information.

Relieve Chronic Pain

TableChairLight-e1340129291393Massage therapy is a great way to reduce various forms of chronic pain allowing the body to do it’s job of healing itself. The human body has an ability to heal itself, it is called innate response. We don’t have to think about healing a cut, it just happens, innately.

When muscles are contracted by stress, overuse, or mis-use, they cause us pain and impaired blood flow. When pain hangs around it is called chronic pain. The body works on ridding itself of chronic pain causing further stress to the system. Massage helps to relieve the chronicity of the contracted muscle cells allowing the body to concentrate on other things.

If the pain is not relieved, if the muscles continue to in the contracted state other problems are quickly (within 24 hours) caused such as immobility and weakness, later atrophy and death to the muscle tissue.

Pain is not a lifestyle and ‘no pain, no gain’ is a myth. You can schedule a free consultation with us or just give us a call to see if massage might help your chronic pain.

Commonly Asked Questions

People often ask the same questions of massage therapist. I am of the opinion, f one person has a question there are others who wonder the same thing. So here you go:

Do people ever fall asleep on the massage table?

The quick answer is yes. So much so that I take snoring as a compliment. It proves that my deep tissue does not cause you pain, it eliminates it!

Do I have to disrobe to get a massage?

Photo copy written by Jennifer Shell Photography

 

Do people really get their glutes (butt muscles) massaged?

Yes, the gluteal muscles are two sets of three large muscles which aid in walking, running, climbing, sitting, standing, standing from sitting, pivoting, leaning, and a number of other movements. Doesn’t something that works this hard need to be relaxed? If you have not tried it, I recommend it highly and so do my clients who do receive glut massages.

Don’t your hands hurt after a day of massage?

They can, we are taught in school to use body weight vs. hand strength. This saves our hands from causing us problems.

How long does one go to school to become a massage therapist?

My curriculum was 12 months. Each state has different requirements. To receive an Associate degree in massage takes two years.

Where did you go to school for massage?

I attended the renowned National University of Health Sciences (formerly, National Chiropractic College) in Lombard, IL.

Myth: No Pain – No Gain

Have you heard the term ‘No pain, no gain’? Well, your mother probably didn’t tell you that because she knew better.

Pain is the body’s way of signalling that something is wrong. Working through pain continues the pain cycle rather than inhibiting it with rest. The pain cycle begins with pain and we guard, or limit, movement of the area because it hurts, which causes the muscle to spasm. Spasms decrease range of motion causing the muscle to become weak. A weak muscle does not function properly, therefore, you become frustrated.

If you are in pain, do something about it. Massage can help with muscle pain, however, if the pain is severe or accompanied by blood, swelling, redness, or heat you should consult a doctor before your massage therapist. This information is in no way meant to as a means to replace, delay, or disregard medical attention.

Ever Have an Ab Massage?

Yes, abdomen, stomach, AKA abdominal muscle massage.

An ab massage has many health benefits such as reducing stress reactions, stimulating sluggish bowels, and relieve gas pain. Ab massage is good for all ages, including infants with relief of colic. If you suffer from colic, oops, acid reflux, gas, indigestion, or other digestive problems try an ab massage.

As you can see by this picture, draping keeps all private areas sufficiently covered. The massage therapist will fully explain the procedure prior to starting your ab massage. This procedure can be done by itself to address gastric issues or included in the routine full-body massage. Any reputable massage therapist will be able to perform your ab massage, just ask when making your appointment.

If you have any trouble finding a good massage therapist check out Atrium Wellness Inc.

Sleeping Problems?

Do you experience Sleeping Problems? People who are poor sleepers exert a ton of energy trying to force sleep. Sleep is something that has to naturally unfold, so the more you engage in behaviors to try to sleep, the less likely you’re going to fall asleep. Behavior Therapy, Dec 2011 

Did you know?

Muscle_cell_Nature1Did you know that knots in muscles are not normal? So many people today believe that having pain is an ordinary thing, quite the contrary.

So called ‘knots’ in muscles are often trigger points, also called Myofascial trigger points. A trigger point is a bundle of microscopic muscle cells that have contracted due to overuse, misuse, stress, etc. These trigger points cause the neighboring muscles to step in and ‘assist’ in do the job of the muscle that is overworked.

The problem with this is that the helper muscles do not know how, nor are they able, to do the job of the stressed muscle. Therefore, the helper itself becomes worn out and guess what. Yep, its neighbors attempt to help. Get the idea?

This is a very common phenomenon in people who perform repetitive movements such as typing, using a screw driver, or driving, as well as those involved in sports, gardeners, cooks, massage therapists, pretty much anyone who moves. However, don’t stop moving, just get massages on a regular basis to stave off the darn trigger points. Massage should be a preventative measure rather than after-the-fact, much like dentist appointments.