Does Reflexology Help Plantar Fasciitis?
Reflexology may help some with plantar fasciitis.
A majority of the evidence corroborating positive reflexology effects is testimonial rather than scientific. Natural, homeopathic, and ancient civilization remedies have for the most part been introduced to the U.S. only within the last century. In addition, the number of Americans relying on reflexology and other such realms represents a small minority compared to those who prefer prescription medicines and laboratory dictated practices.
Single Session Results
Still, it only goes to reason that a method anchored principally to the foot region can have an immediate and positive impact on ailments such as plantar fasciitis. An Illinois reflexologist wrote in her local newspaper in 2010 that many of her patients found relief from the condition after a single foot massage.
She wrote that many of the patients who came to see her for relief this symptomatic pain in the arch of the foot had been struggling with the condition for years. And yet, the results of the reflexology treatment were often immediate and dramatic, helping support a larger sense of well-being beyond the immediate relief of planter fasciitis pain.
Canadian Success Stories
The west coast regions of the U.S. and Canada are a relative stronghold for alternative health practices. In British Columbia, a leading purveyor of reflexology for planter fasciitis is the Langley Planter Fasciitis and Reflexology Centre (also known commercially as Health Roots).
The patient testimonials on the site offer some of the most vivid proof that reflexology can dramatically help turn around planter fasciitis. One UK sufferer, after being told by doctors in England that nothing could be done for his ailment beyond taking pain medication, took a house call from a Langley expert while on holiday in Canada. Martin went on to take some regular treatment throughout his two-week trip and reported that the pain continued to subside once he returned home. More than a dozen other individuals with planter fasciitis report similar improvements, amounting to an informal scientific study in the absence of as-yet more formal research in this area.