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Active Release Technique: A Game-Changer for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes heel pain and discomfort. Among the various treatment options available, Active Release Technique (ART) has emerged as a highly effective method for managing and alleviating symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Did you know that Donna is ART Full Body Certified? Let’s explore how ART can provide significant relief and aid in the recovery of this debilitating condition, or come and chat to Donna about how ART can treat your other musculoskeletal conditions.

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by inflammation or disruption of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes. The condition often results from repetitive strain, overuse, improper footwear, or biomechanical imbalances. Common symptoms include sharp heel pain, stiffness, and discomfort, especially in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest.

Active Release Technique is a specialized manual therapy approach designed to address soft tissue injuries, including plantar fasciitis. ART focuses on breaking down adhesions or scar tissue, promoting proper tissue healing, and restoring optimal function.

During an ART session, a skilled practitioner will apply specific hand movements and pressure to the affected area, targeting the tight and dysfunctional tissues surrounding the plantar fascia. These movements are combined with active patient participation, such as stretching or contracting the muscles, to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.

Benefits of Active Release Technique for Plantar Fasciitis:

  1. Pain Relief: ART can help reduce pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis. By releasing tension and adhesions in the affected tissues, it promotes relaxation and improved blood flow to the area, which can alleviate pain.
  2. Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion: Plantar fasciitis can lead to decreased flexibility and limited range of motion in the foot. ART techniques can help restore mobility and increase flexibility, allowing for a more efficient and pain-free gait.
  3. Enhanced Tissue Healing: ART stimulates the body’s natural healing response by breaking down scar tissue and promoting the production of healthy new tissue. This can aid in the recovery process of the plantar fascia and reduce the risk of recurrence.
  4. Personalized Treatment: Each ART session is tailored to the individual’s specific needs. The practitioner will assess the biomechanical imbalances and contributing factors unique to each patient, addressing them directly during the treatment process.

Active Release Technique offers a valuable and targeted approach to managing plantar fasciitis. By focusing on releasing adhesions, reducing pain, improving flexibility, and promoting tissue healing, ART can provide significant relief and aid in the recovery of this debilitating foot condition. If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis, consider consulting with a qualified ART practitioner to explore this effective treatment option.

Did you know we also have a plantar fasciitis package to help you save? For $699 you’ll receive your initial consult plus 5 follow-up treatments, 5 sessions in the hyperbaric chamber, your oxygen mask and a foot massage roller – saving you a total of $108! Call us now to schedule your initial appointment with Donna (02) 5613 6964