Release tension in your feet with this simple but effective self-massage taught by Physio Body and Sole in North Sydney. The only thing you will need is a tennis ball. Enjoy!
Says Principal Physiotherapist Anna-Jane Peterson: “I find this technique (see video) much more effective than simply rolling the foot on a ball or frozen bottle. When you complete the massage check in to see how your feet feel. You should feel more ‘grounded’; literally connected to the ground.”
- Start the foot massage at your hindfoot, just in front of the heel bone. Massage the square muscle there called quadratus plantae until it feels more relaxed and less painful.
- Move to the midfoot. There are 6 bones in this area of the foot that are tightly held together by small ligaments and muscles. Press the ball up between the joints and imagine the bones spreading out over the ball. Your aim during this section of the massage is to increase the mobility and space between the joints.
- Move to the forefoot – between the toes. Place the ball between the long bones of the toes. These bones extend approximately a third of the way up the foot. Massage the space between the 1st and 2nd toe, then move to between the 2nd and 3rd, and then the 4th and 5th.
Regular repetition of a foot massage has several health benefits. These include: more restful sleep (if the massage is done before bedtime), improved circulation in the foot, relief of foot aches and pain, and general relaxation.
A daily foot massage is also highly recommended for patients suffering from chronic heel pain and/or plantar fasciitis. The application of this foot massage can significantly lessen the pain sufferers experience with these conditions. In more serious and/or chronic cases the advice of a qualified physiotherapist should always be sought.