Last year I was suffering with a serious bout of plantar fasciitis and I was really stumped on how I was going to get rid of it. I had lived with it for years and accepted it as normal for runners. I had read on many websites that plantar fasciitis can often come back worse than ever if you don't address the reason you got it in the first place. I was looking for a method to correct the root of the problem and not the symptom. Plantar fasciitis is a symptom.
In my case, my plantar was a result of my poor training methods. I over trained, never stretched, and did little or no cross training. I think it was the lack of cross training that really killed me because many of my muscles were not being used. I could run for hours on end. Show me a mountain and I will see you on top. I love to run. Show me a weight room or an exercise machine and I will show you how to get to sleep.
What Is Trigger Point Therapy?
Myofascial Trigger Point therapists use deep pressure on the muscles knots. TP Therapy makes use of tools such a trigger point ball and rollers to relax the muscle knots.
Without boring you with too much detail, I suggest that look at the Wikepedia link for a detailed description on trigger point therapy. I bought a 200 + page book titled Trigger Point Therapy Work Book on Amazon that describes trigger point therapy in detail. It's a very good clinical and practical book on how trigger point therapy works.
After reading an exceptional post on a fitness forum about treating plantar fasciitis with TP Therapy products, I contacted them by telephone and spoke with a representative who was also a trained physical therapist. The company rep was very good as listening to my problems and gave me several recommendations. You can buy them directly from the site or at Amazon for a discount.
TP therapy provides self-massage tools to loosen the tight muscles. I purchased the lower back kit because it provides many tools to massage the tight areas of my lower back and legs. The physical therapist told me that as we age, our muscles get almost as tight as a stick of beef jerky. After telling me this analogy, I purchased the kit and have used it for several months to massage the tight muscles in my legs.
The TP massage ball is my favorite method for loosening up the tight muscles in calf. It's hard to explain what the ball is. My best description is an imperfect tennis ball that is extremely hard. The free online videos will explain to you how to use the ball to massage your calf muscles. Make sure you watch the Youtube video at the end of this article.