Oriental medicine (OM), also known as Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a healing art that existed in some form or other for more than 3,000 years. Some of the earlier texts date back from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 ACE). In the western world, it is commonly known as acupuncture. However, acupuncture is only one of several modalities that physicians of TCM use to treat patients. TCM emphasizes the role of the body in the healing process and uses herbs and natural agents to maintain health. It is an effective form of treatment and a particularly safe form of therapy. TCM is a complete medical system that takes into account every aspect of human life to promote health and well-being. It sees the body as one whole entity like a “Garden” and encompasses its physical, emotional, energetic, as well as its spiritual aspects. It emphasizes on the “Vis medicatrix” the “healing power of nature” better known as “the inborn ability of the human body to respond to the insult of illness or injury and restore itself to health in most episodes of disease or trauma (Whorton, 2002, p. 6).” The goal for treatment is boosting the ecological condition to favor self-regulatory capacity. Physicians in the eastern world are trained to examine skin, complexion, bones, channels, smells, sounds, mental state, preferences, emotions, tongue, pulse, demeanor, and body build to discern patterns that underlie a patient’s complaints. TCM’s wholistic approach to healing addresses the underlying cause of disease, and allows the body to heal itself naturally. Physicians are taught to treat the cause not just the symptoms of an illness so that the body can function more efficiently and therefore ensuring true health.
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Plantar Fasciitis & Chiropractic
Many of us have probably experienced foot pain at some point in our lives. Pes Planus, more commonly known as "flat feet", is often a contributing factor to a lot of foot pain, and sometimes also hip, knee and back pain. It can also, however, be associated with a condition called plantar fasciitis. People with flat feet have a change in their biomechanics - the way they stand, walk, run, or perform other physical activities. This faulty movement may place undue stress on the foot, and cause excessive stretching and irritation to the heel and soft tissues attached to it. The resulting pain and inflammation of this area of the foot is what we call plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful and debilitating. It may causing severe pain and difficulty walking or performing daily activities. Most of the time, patients will have this pain more on one foot than the other. It is also not uncommon to have this pain exclusively in one foot, rather than both. Being overweight or obese is also commonly associated with this condition, as the excess weight on the foot can cause the fascia to become even more inflamed. Rarely, patients with this condition may also have other symptoms including numbness or tingling in that are of the foot.
In our office, we treat a number of patients with plantar fasciitis with a chiropractic approach. Adjusting the bones in the foot often relieves some of the stretch and pressure that is placed on the fascia. Manually stretching the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that is inflamed at the inferior surface of your foot, is another technique that we use to offer people relief of these symptoms. We also usually recommend that our patients
If you have a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, you may want to talk to your doctor about implementing some of these home care regimens into your routine.
1. Try rolling the bottom of your foot back and forth on a frozen water bottle. If you are experiencing an episode of severe plantar fasciitis, you may benefit from this neat trick. The ice will help to numb your pain, while the pressure will increase the flexibility in your plantar fascia.
2. Roll the bottom of your foot across a tennis ball or, for more intense pressure, a golf ball. This can be done throughout the day to help retrain your fascia to be more relaxed and less contracted and inflamed. Rolling the sole of your foot across one of these objects for a few minutes a day can significantly improve your pain symptoms.
It is also a common condition that we see and treat in our office. If you feel that you may be experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact our office to see if chiropractic care may be the right course of action for you. Our friendly staff at Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic will be glad to assist you and help you find the proper course of treatment for your condition.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!