Fascial Counterstrain Treatment
Most commonly, by the time pain from plantar fascia stress or irritation reaches our conscious level, there are multiple layers or tissue systems involved. A Fascial Counterstrain evaluation will look for fascial dysfunction throughout the entire body including ligaments of the spine, boney tensions and torsions within the feet, muscle fascia chains stretching from the feet to the spine and ribcage, and the vascular flow into and out of the leg. Fascial Counterstrain treatment of these fascial restrictions involves a gentle shortening of the involved tissue, often through a glide of a specific structure or positioning of the body around the structure to facilitate relaxation of the spinal cord reflex that is causing the dysfunction. This will immediately improve the ability of that tissue to function properly, whether that is a ligament that is now no longer neurologically shortened or a vein that has been relaxed and now able to remove toxins from that area without restriction.
After successful Fascial Counterstrain treatment of these reflexes has been performed, there can be immediate improvement in symptoms such as pain with walking and after rising to the feet from a non-weight bearing position. Especially after treatment of a chronic problem, there may be a period of time following treatment in which the tissue undergoes remodeling and healing before it regains full strength. Because this unique technique addresses multiple tissue systems (nerves, arteries, veins, muscle chains, periosteum, ligaments, etc.) and their involvement in the condition and not just the plantar fascia itself (including its attachments through the foot and lower leg), long lasting relief and return of tissue strength are much more likely to occur.