Foot Pain & Plantar Fasciitis Research Studies
Acupuncture Effective in Relieving Otherwise Unresponsive Foot Pain
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of foot pain. A study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine reported acupuncture to be effective in relieving otherwise unresponsive chronic foot pain. Another study found that stimulation of acupuncture points on the feet could increase blood flow to the foot and lower leg. Many anecdotal reports exist of acupuncturists using a variety of acupuncture techniques to relieve pain associated with the ankle, heel, and ball of the foot.
Acupuncture Relieves Pain and Restores Flexibility
Approximately 10% of all Americans experience plantar fasciitis at some time during their lives. Acupuncture is a successful treatment to relieve pain, restore flexibility, and prevent structural deterioration of the feet. The acupuncture reduces local inflammation and enhances blood circulation in the feet. In addition, acupuncture has a homeostatic effect by balancing the parasympathetic and sympathetic nerve signals in the feet. In this way, the acupuncture sends a signal to the brain to stop inflammation and swelling and to begin the recuperation process.