Can a Massage Help Plantar Fasciitis?

Sep 30, 2019 | Guides

Updated 29/10/2023

Training for a marathon or starting running and suffering with pain when you first get up in the morning?  Find out how massage can help fix Plantar Fasciitis.

Massage Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

So what exactly is Plantar Fasciitis?   Keeping it simple, this is one of the most common causes of heel pain.  There is a thick band of tissue called the Plantar Fascia that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heel bone.  This band becomes inflamed due to overuse, tightness, or a strain injury to the ligament causing the pain.  The pain will feel like a dull ache located in the heel or arch of the foot and will always feel worse in the morning but as soon as you starting walking around the pain will subside.

If we told you how many people, athletes, runners and ordinary people come to Circle8Massage to treat plantar fasciitis, you’d be surprised. Plantar fasciitis is more common than you may think; it’s actually one of the main causes of foot-related pain in the world. So, as this is a frequent issue, there have been several medical and scientific studies to investigate the causes and treatment for plantar fasciitis.

One study highlighted that plantar fasciitis cause’s foot pain for 10% of the general global population. This study also highlighted that 83% of these complaints about foot pain are made by active/working adults aged between 25-65. Besides, plantar fasciitis commonly occurs in adults who are a marathon or frequent runners. So, if you have been suffering from pain because of plantar fasciitis, you are not alone. Moreover, at Circle8Massage, we can help you manage and relieve your foot-related pain.

The pain caused by plantar fasciitis can vary, and you’re more at risk of it flaring up if you run or train for marathons frequently. However, if you incorporate a sports massage or deep tissue massage into your training regime, you can alleviate and prevent the painful symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Actually, many people prefer to have massage therapy to deal with their pain and to heal the inflamed areas, rather than taking pain killers. Since, most of the human body comprises of connective tissues, tendons and muscles, when we add strain or pressure, we can begin to damage them.

However, massage therapy is a highly beneficial and natural alternative to realign, loosen and repair tight muscles. Besides, the restorative benefits a sports massage can also leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. We’re sure that after a massage therapy session at Circle8Massage you will feel more than ready to compete in your next marathon. So, apart from the obvious benefits, we’ve also highlighted and explained the key benefits of booking a plantar fascia massage in Leeds, at Circle8.


1. Promote muscle relaxation

If you book in at Circle 8 massage, Leeds for a deep tissue, sports or foot massage, our trained therapists will directly target your source of pain and discomfort. One of the great benefits of having a plantar fascia massage is that it can remove tension and induce relaxation. We will speak to you about your problems before we begin work on your feet. Here, we never guess or assume, as people experience different points of pain with plantar fasciitis.

Once we understand your lifestyle (for instance how active you are), we will massage the plantar fascia to reduce any swelling or stiffness, boost flexibility. Also, did you know that massage therapy can release the body’s pain kill hormones (endorphins), as well as increasing the serotonin and dopamine levels? The combination of these hormones will help speed the recovery process, besides reducing your pain/discomfort.


2. Improve circulation

This benefit is particularly advantageous for marathon runners, professional athletes and people who stand for prolonged periods at works. A sports massage at Circle 8 can boost your circulation, due to the pressure applied during the massage. Our therapist will work on any congested or damaged areas in your feet & calves, using a pulling, twisting and squeezing motion. This hand technique will remove any built up lactic acid in your muscle tissues. So, by incorporating a sports massage or deep tissue massage into your training program can not only promote healing, but it will reduce injuries due to your improved circulation.


How many sessions of massage are needed for Plantar Fasciitis relief?
The number of sessions required can vary, but many people experience relief after a few sessions. It’s best to consult with a professional to determine your specific needs.

Are there specific massage techniques for Plantar Fasciitis?
Yes, therapists may use techniques like deep tissue massage and myofascial release to target the affected areas effectively.

Can self-massage help with Plantar Fasciitis?
While professional massage is more effective, self-massage using a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle can provide some relief between sessions.

Are there any risks associated with massage for Plantar Fasciitis?
When performed by a trained therapist, the risks are minimal. However, be sure to communicate any discomfort during the session.

Can massage completely cure Plantar Fasciitis?
Massage therapy can be an essential part of a treatment plan, but it’s often used in conjunction with other therapies like stretching and orthotics for the best results.

How can I find a qualified massage therapist for Plantar Fasciitis?
Look for therapists with experience in treating musculoskeletal conditions. They should have proper certifications and licenses.

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When you come for a massage at Circle8 we don’t just treat your issue and send you away, we find out exactly which movements and muscles are causing it, explain to you what’s actually happening, give you exercises in the gym and at home that you can do to help alleviate and eventually get rid of your issue.