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Acupuncture helps manage plantar fasciitis pain

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, can be a debilitating condition that affects individuals of all ages and lifestyles. While traditional treatments such as rest, orthotics, and pain medications offer relief to some, others seek alternative therapies for a more holistic approach to healing. 

Among these alternatives, acupuncture has emerged as a promising method for managing plantar fasciitis pain, often complemented by additional support strategies like magnesium supplementation and stretching exercises.

Acupuncture offers several key benefits in the management of Plantar Fasciitis:

  1. Pain Relief: Research indicates that acupuncture can effectively reduce pain intensity associated with Plantar Fasciitis. A study published in the Journal of Pain Research found that acupuncture significantly decreased pain scores and improved foot function in individuals with chronic plantar heel pain (Zhang et al., 2018).

  2. Inflammation Reduction: Acupuncture helps to modulate inflammatory responses in the body, potentially reducing inflammation in the plantar fascia. A systematic review published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research concluded that acupuncture may have anti-inflammatory effects, which could contribute to its therapeutic benefits in musculoskeletal conditions like Plantar Fasciitis (Chiu et al., 2014).

  3. Improved Circulation: Acupuncture promotes blood circulation to the affected area, facilitating the delivery of nutrients and oxygen necessary for tissue repair. A study in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies demonstrated that acupuncture increased blood flow in the lower limbs, suggesting its potential to enhance circulation and promote healing in conditions like Plantar Fasciitis (Lee et al., 2013).

  4. Endorphin Release: Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain-relieving chemicals, which can help alleviate discomfort associated with Plantar Fasciitis. Research published in the journal Pain Medicine showed that acupuncture increased endorphin levels in patients with chronic pain conditions, suggesting its analgesic effects (Cheng et al., 2009).

By harnessing these mechanisms, acupuncture provides a holistic approach to managing Plantar Fasciitis, offering pain relief, reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and promoting overall healing. To make an appointment with Katika for Acupuncture at the Lotus Centre, book online here. 

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