Someone posted “What is the best modality for foot pain? Foot pain can exist in many areas, plantar surface, dorsal surface, deep, superficial, and can be caused by multiple factors. Which modality would you use to alleviate conditions of the feet?” I tried to find the article which was posted a week ago but it's been deleted. Anyhow, here's a few responses from some of the staff and alumni at ASIS, including a few NCMTBM CE providers here at ASIS.
This is from Wendy Hines, ASIS alumni that has worked with olympic athletes.
To alleviate general conditions of the feet I would first asses the condition through postural & movement assessment to see the stress and strains through out the foot and accompanying structures. Then I would utilize myofascial techniques to lengthen tissues, and general rehabilitation massage techniques including range of motion to free up the many joints of the foot, deep tissue to the thigh, calf and foot for increased circulation and general mobility of the surrounding tissues, and isolate and stretch. When applying many of these techniques I would enhance the efficiency of the tissue manipulation by having the client become an active participant in their session with specific range of motion to help open the tissues. I would then educate the client through my alignment awareness exercises, yoga therapy and other strengthening and stretching techniques which areas of their leg, foot, and other areas need strengthening and which need specific stretching to maintain a more efficient alignment and provide a long term change. I would then suggest other self care that would include cryo therapy, and self massage with tools such as tennis balls depending on the main area of pain. Other modalities that would be useful may include shiatsu, neuromuscular techniques and craniosacral therapy.
Wendy Hines, B.S., LMT