MY FEET HURT!
Tips For Better Health
Ask the doctor, Dr James Stoxen DC
I remember standing on my feet all day 14 – 16 hours a day for 135 days in a row on one of those runs when I was getting calls from so many big name entertainers that I could not say, NO!
But I ended up with sore toes, pain on the bottom of the foot pain on the side of the foot. Lets just say my feet were in pain! I also remember I had pain in the big toe like a turf toe.
I did this deep tissue treatment for my foot so I could get pain relief from aching foot pain.
Are you asking yourself, Do I have to go to a pain center and get pain killers?” Do I do foot exercises?
Maybe. Maybe not if you can work out the spasms around the toe. I don’t know what your condition is but this is what I do for my big toe.
Here is some deep tissue self – help pressure points for the big toe. Just remember if it does not help you may have to go to a foot specialist.
Dr. James Stoxen DC of Chicago IL, USA and Dr. Amir Majidi DC of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 29, 2012 at a park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Today i’m going to demonstrate for you how to release the muscle spasms, from your Big toe. (the inside)
This did help with my foot swelling and severe foot pain.
I cannot promise it will help you.
When you stand walk or run barefoot, most of the weight is spread over the big toe and the second toe.
The force or mass of the impacts rolls over these two areas the most.
The human spring as I call it, is built into the body to absorb the force of the landings.
When the body is not moving correctly or if the body is moving in ways that it was not engineered to move in, then the Human Spring becomes locked.
This can happen in a variety of ways:
- wearing shoes that do not fit our feet
- wearing high heel shoes
- abnormal walking patterns
- weak feet
Today I am going to show you how to release the muscle spasms from your first toe. (the inside)
The Deep Tissue point is shown above and in the video as well.
Helpful Excerpt from Anthony Fields book, ‘How I Got My Wiggle Back“,
For this exercise use your thumb to apply slight pressure down to the bone, if possible, in the designated areas; you’ll know when you’ve hit the exact spot-if you have inflamed ligaments or muscles in that area there will be some pain. Don’t worry, you are not causing damage. It hurts because the muscles are stiff and inflamed. Now, gently apply pressure with your thumb or finger and hold it. Don’t panic if it is painful, after about two to three minutes, the discomfort starts to subside. The pain will come and go in waves and a few times and eventually all you feel is pressure. If you don’t hold the point until all the pain goes away, you will feel sore in this area the next day.
Measure the area you are treating using your thumb print—-it’s called a Chinese inch. Move one Chinese inch at a time until you have covered the entire area.
You may feel a rush of blood and energy through the treated area.
You can find this self – help release exercise and many more in Anthony Fields book, ‘How I Got My Wiggle Back’, click here to order now!
To learn more about releasing the toe underneath watch:
Video Tutorial #82 Dr. James Stoxen Demonstrates Self-Help Deep Tissue Treatment Under the Big Toe And Second Toe, click here to view
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There are times when you should refrain from massage or deep tissue massage because it may adversely affect a health condition.
Contraindication is the medical term for these conditions. “Contra” means against, as in contrary, and indications are things that tell you what to do one way or the other. Therefore, contraindications are things that are telling you not to do something.
- Fever: When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defenses.
- Inflammation: Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation, so you should not administer it. Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis(inflammation of the joints), and so on. In the case of localized problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.
- High blood pressure: High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all.
- Infectious diseases: Massage is not a good idea for someone coming down with the flu or diphtheria, for example, and to make matters worse, you expose yourself to the virus as well.
- Hernia: Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It’s not a good idea to try to push these organs back inside. Surgery works better.
- Osteoporosis: Elderly people with a severe stoop to the shoulders often have this condition, in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense for this condition.
- Varicose veins: Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.
- Broken bones: Stay away from an area of mending bones. A little light massage to the surrounding areas, though, can improve circulation and be quite helpful.
- Skin problems: You should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so you can still massage in other areas.
- Cancer: Cancer can spread through the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it may potentially spread the disease as well. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not.Always check with a doctor first.
- Other conditions and diseases: Diabetes, asthma, and other serious conditions each has its own precautions, seek a doctor’s opinion before administering massage.
- Pregnancy: No deep tissue work. Be aware: danger of triggering a miscarriage by strong myofascial work is greatest during the first 3 months (especially through work around the pelvis, abdomen, adductors, medial legs, or feet)