In this edition of the newsletter I look at Plantar fasciitis a very painful heel condition where massage can help with some exercises and other suggestions thrown in. As winter is approaching colds and flu are on the increase so I am discussing lifestyle and herbal medicine ways of treating this common affliction.
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Plantar fasciitis or a pain in the heel!
If you have or have had this affliction you will know. The pain is typically worse on getting out of bed first thing in the morning when you weight bear on the heel.
It is the most common form of heel/foot pain in clinical practice, thought to affect 15% of people sometime during their life. Heel spurs may also be present. They are bony out growths on the inside of the heel bone or where the Achilles tendon inserts on the heel bone.
It can take up to 12 months to heal so most people look to massage or other manual treatment to reduce this time frame.
I have had good success with mobilising the ankle and foot bones using Orthobionomy, plus massaging tight calves, the Achilles tendon and the underside of the foot. Overpronation of the foot plus pelvic alignment also need to be assessed.
An Epsom salt foot bath , anti inflammatories and gentle stretching also help too.
Influenza versus the Common Cold
The common cold is one of the most widespread illnesses and is a leading cause of visits to the doctor and absenteeism from work and school. As you may well have experienced, flu often has a quicker onset and more severe symptoms than the common cold. Flu symptoms such as sore throat, fever, headaches, muscle aches, blocked up sinuses, cough and fatigue may last for several weeks, whilst these symptoms will be shorter with the common cold.
In most cases getting the flu is not a serious risk except in those who have a lowered immune function. These are peoople over 65 years, those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease and pregnant women and young children.
With herbal medicine the ideal strategy is to improve immune function through lifestyle by:
And using specific herbs and supplements pre infection or when symptoms first appear as folllows:
Quote of the Quarter
Eileen Caddy 'The Dawn of Change'