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Structural integration (including Rolfing)

Structural integration aligns, balances and lengthens the body by pressing into the connective tissues of the body and maneuvering them back into place.

Can structural integration help with heel spurs?

Minki Kim (Astoria, NY) on Jul 27, 2011
Hi, Yes, Structural Integration is an effective solution to help with heel spurs/plantar fasciitis. The padding around the soles of our feet, which is called plantar fascia, can be irritated through an uneven gait, inadequate flexibility of the calf muscles, spending too much time standing or walking, or otherwise shocking the fascia that protects the bones, tendons, nerves, and muscles of the feet. The plantar fascia must lengthen and absorb the shock of each step. When this fascia is shortened and tight, the fascia feels irritated and painful as you walk. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that are the result of tension and inflammation of the plantar fascia attachment to the heel. Heel spurs do not cause pain - they are symptoms of plantar fasciitis, which literally translates to 'inflammation of the connective tissue or fascia, of the bottom of the foot. Because plantar fasciitis is usually developed by gait and structural imbalances, it can be effectively relieved and corrected through Structural Integration. By rebalancing all your major body structures vertically and relating them to one another, plantar fasciitis can be a distant memory. Hope this helps! Thanks!
Anne Hoff (Seattle, WA) on Nov 23, 2011
Bone grows in response to tension (from muscle tendons attached to bone), so balancing the body through structural integration could perhaps help. I doubt that it would be a "miracle", as the bone growth (i.e., spur) is already there, but balancing out tension might give indirect relief (muscle tension could be a component) and help the body to repattern.