Plantar Fasciitis and the Benefits of Massage

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Discover massage techniques that can help alleviate plantar fasciitis pain. Learn how plantar fasciitis affects the foot and the soft tissue restrictions that often occur with it. Understand the massage therapy contraindications for this condition.

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that doesn’t discriminate. Athletes, for example, may experience plantar fasciitis when they train past their pain threshold or aren’t careful about self-care. Even the average person can ignore a nagging discomfort that usually signals injury is inevitable if they don’t slow down and pay attention.

Massage therapists have a unique skill-set that makes them a good partner in dealing with both the pain and causes of plantar fasciitis. Following, you will learn about how the plantar fascia functions, some key ways plantar fasciitis develops and how massage can help you help your clients get back to their active routines.


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the anatomy of the foot and other structures related to plantar fasciitis.
  • Define the pathology associated with plantar fasciitis and the common soft tissue restrictions associated with plantar fasciitis.
  • Discuss the most recent research findings pertaining to plantar fasciitis.
  • Explain techniques that benefit plantar fasciitis.
  • Assess the contraindications of massage for plantar fasciitis.

About the author(s)

Garry Adkins was a massage therapist for the U.S. Olympic team at the Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships. He was also a member of the 2002 Winter Olympic Massage team in Salt Lake City. In addition to his current massage practice, Gary often speaks at national conferences and universities. 

Course Expiration

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Course Approval Codes

LCEU0003463; MS #567


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.


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