Monday, 26 March 2012

Massage for Sore Feet


Liv3 for sore and tired feet

I’m not sure if the story is true…but it sounds good.

The story involves the retreat of the Red Army in China that started in 1934. The retreat was referred to as The Long March. And indeed it was, apparently covering some 12,500 miles in 370 days. 

The soldiers covered all sorts of harsh terrain, much of it on foot. In order to cover the distance they had to put in many miles a day. With the level of equipment they had, I’m sure that their boots - if all of them had boots – must have been worn threadbare after a while.

The story I heard is that at the end of each marching day, the soldiers used acupressure on themselves to overcome fatigue and revitalize their feet. The point of choice was Liv3 found on the top of both feet.

Locate Liv3 by tracing three finger widths up from between the big toe and the toe beside it. You should find a depression there in between the bones. Massage straight down, slowly and gently.

I can vouch for the effectiveness of Liv3! I had been suffering from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue beneath the skin on the bottom of the foot between the toes and the heel.

You might have experienced the same at some time or other. The pain is familiar to anyone who gets out of bed in the morning, places his feet on the floor and grimaces with the pain of doing so.

Minutes later, once the calf muscles, Achilles tendon and feet have loosened up, the pain diminishes. I had had some previous acupuncture work done on points found on the feet but not on Liv3. Despite this earlier treatment, the inflammation did not go away.

One day, I went on a day trip with my family to Canada’s Wonderland, a theme park in the Toronto area. You can’t really see everything in the park unless you’ve spent at least 10 hours there which for me meant 10 hours of plantar fasciitis pain.

While my family went on the first ride, I sat down on a bench, took my runners off and started massaging acupoint Liv3. I massaged for 15 minutes. When I finished, I was pain free. And I found out later that the inflammation had also disappeared.

Liv3 may not work for everyone every time. Nevertheless, it’s worth a try. Make it part of your prescription for tired or aching feet! (With one proviso: pregnant women should not massage Liv3).

In a future post, I plan to share an entire series of techniques with you that have helped a lot of people suffering from plantar fasciitis.





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