Are you familiar with plantar fasciitis? It is the inflamed tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and can occur from excessive running or walking, inadequate footgear, or a jumping injury from landing. There are more than 3 million cases in the US per year and it is very common. The good news is that it is usually self-treatable.
This week we'll discuss three pressure points in your foot that will help alleviate tension. Remember, if you are pregnant please consult with your doctor first.
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This area is on the corner of the pinky toe right near the toenail. If this point becomes blocked, Qi (vital energy) can back up along the pathway which in this case includes the calves, hamstrings, hips, sacrum, back, neck, top of the head, and eyes. Gently pressing on this area with your thumb and index finger (as if pinching your toe) helps eliminate both interior and exterior wind, clears headaches, and adjusts blurred vision.
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This area is behind the ankle bone on the outside of the leg, between the Achilles tendon and main ankle bone. It helps with headaches, neck stiffness, dizziness, and swelling, and pain of the heel. Use your thumb to apply light pressure to this point and massage it for a few minutes.
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This is the area on the inner ankle, about three fingers width above the inner ankle bone. It considered one of the more versatile and commonly used points for digestive, gynecological, and urinary disorders, as well as emotional and sleep disorders. Use your index finger to apply firm pressure on the point for a few seconds. Take a 1-minute break before repeating.