This is the first in a series of treatment success stories for plantar fasciitis, and other common running and orthopedic injuries. Linda Worback suffered from plantar fasciitis for a year until she found the right treatment to cure her pain. She shares her incredible story below.
The pain was so debilitating I began to question whether I wanted to leave the house or not. A little online research suggested the continuous pain I was having was plantar fasciitis. Wow. I thought that was for old people, or athletes. I was only 53, and barely exercised. A trip to the Dr. confirmed what I already guessed, and I was told that the only way to “possibly” alleviate the pain just a little was through painful cortisone injections and ultimately surgery. Really? No thanks. I left the office carrying a $250 night splint which I was to try as an alternative to “real” treatment.
Shortly thereafter, I was finishing up my Reiki certification at a local hospital and met a woman called Margarita and yes, that’s her real name. Margarita was in the middle of a Reflexology course and needed some feet to practice on. She asked me if I was willing to give it a go, and see if it would help my PF.
Reflex what? I had no idea what this was, and was not prepared for the treatment she gave me the following week. First my feet were soaked in a warm Epsom salt bath, then up on the massage table I went. Margarita proceeded to aggressively work the entire surface area of my feet with her fingertips and a little rosewood stick, all the while explaining the relationship between certain points on the feet as they pertain to organs and body structures. She worked on me for an entire hour, and it definitely did not tickle. The pressure was firm, and sensitive spots on my feet were revealed during the treatment.
I really thought I was doing her a favor by donating my feet to her education, and while it was relaxing I did not expect to be blown away when I hopped off the table. My feet didn’t hurt! I had been in constant pain for over a year, and had been limping and consequently throwing my spine out of alignment because of my uneven gait. I was in NO pain, and my feet felt like clouds.
Sadly this was temporary, but it didn’t deter me from starting a self-treatment program after getting a copy of “Complete Reflexology for Life” by Barbara and Kevin Kunz. This is probably the best book on the subject I have ever read, it is beautifully illustrated and makes self-treatment easy. After about 4 months, my PF was completely gone, I was completely blown away by the extent of the relief that I enrolled in a local holistic school and received my certification in Reflexology. I thought I would use this knowledge on family and friends, but halfway through the 6 month course I made the decision give up my Interior Décor business and go to massage school.
How has this changed my life? Well, I now am a licensed Therapeutic Massage Therapist in addition to having certification in Reiki, Aromatherapy and of course Reflexology which I use on each and every client who I see. Just shortly after I graduated from Massage School my youngest sister was diagnosed with inoperable stage IV colon cancer. I was privileged to use my reflexology skills to ease her suffering in her final days, and wonder sometimes that this might be why I was so strongly led to pursue the study of alternative healing arts.
I still am blown away by the healing power of a deliberate pressure point massage of the feet, and am delighted when a Plantar Fasciitis client tells me of the relief they have gotten in just a few treatments. Anyone who has experience plantar pain knows that you are ready to try just about anything, I urge you to give Reflexology a try. It changed my life. Oh, and Margarita? We have become best friends and SOLE sisters!
Linda Worback is a Board Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist. Certifications include Reiki, Reflexology and Aromatherapy. Visit Linda on Facebook at Body Mind & Sole to learn more about the benefits of theraputic massage and reflexology.