Heel pain is one of the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis – a painful condition that involves inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament in the foot.
While there are many ways of treating the condition, the authors of this study decided to explore the usefulness of dry cupping for managing plantar fasciitis pain.
Dry cupping became popular after Olympians were spotted with dark red circles on their shoulders and backs at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
The technique involves creating a vacuum inside a cup which is positioned over different areas of the skin to use local negative pressure and promote blood flow.
Studies conducted in the past have determined the effectiveness of dry cupping as a way to treat pain.
Since there has been no research on whether dry cupping can be successful in the management of plantar fasciitis, the authors decided to test it out on 29 people with the condition.
The participants were divided into two groups – one group was assigned to the dry cupping therapy while the other one received electrical stimulation therapy.
Treatment sessions were conducted twice a week for 4 weeks.
The results of the study proved that both forms of therapy were equally successful in decreasing pain and improving function in people with plantar fasciitis.
The mechanisms of both therapies are quite different; dry cupping therapy uses local negative pressure to promote blood flow while electrical stimulation therapy stimulates sensory neurons and decreases pain inputs to the central nervous system.
To read the full study, please click here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5462687/
MASS4D® Insoles can be used to further support treatment programmes that are designed to reduce the painful symptoms of plantar fasciitis. These insoles are able to redistribute pressure across the bottom of the foot.
This means, you’re able to walk around with less pain in your heel and arch areas while the strength of your arch muscles is being enhanced by these insoles. An advantage of having strong arch muscles is that your feet move in a healthy manner which lessens stress on the inflamed plantar fascia ligament.