Acupuncture and Plantar Fasciitis treatment Cairns

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Acupuncture may be able to treat the discomfort and pain of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis treatment Cairns

Please phone Tanya Galvin at Cairns Acupuncture on 0408 054538 or email

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What is it?

Plantar fasciitis is a very common cause for heel pain and pain along the long arch on the bottom of the foot. It is a modern day illness caused by regular walking over hard surfaces in the workplace, home, shopping centres, footpaths, and so forth. It is the pulling and micro tearing of the large ligament type structure under the foot called the plantar fascia at its insertion at the heel. The cause of this injury varies from patient to patient but is a problem with the weight bearing function of the foot. As such factors such as age, weight, spending long periods of time on the feet, excessive forefoot sports and starting exercise after a long period of inactivity are common contributing factors. Overpronation (“flat feet”) is the most common biomechanical cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inwards (“flattens”) this lengthens the long arch of the foot and puts added tension on the plantar fascia which can lead to inflammation. Sometimes in an effort to heal the plantar fascia the body will form bony spurs on the heel, although these are rarely the cause of the pain.

Plantar fasciitis is commonly more painful with the first few steps in the morning and again in the evening time. It is also aggravated by continuous activity such as running, toe walking or climbing stairs.


What is Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (orthopedic massage) and Qi Gong (meditation and energy healing.)

With a history of almost 3000 years it is still used extensively today to treat literally millions of people around the world.

Acupuncture affects the physiological functioning of the body by the insertion of fine needles into particular reflex points all over the body. Becauseit is a primary health care system in itlsef, acupuncture can be used to treat most health problems, ranging from colds and flus, to neck and back problems, to insomnia and chronic fatigue.

How does acupuncture work?

Medically acupuncture works by regulating carious systems in the body – hormonal, nervous, immune, circulatory, muscular etc.

In traditional Chinese Medicine theory, acupuncture regulates the flow of qi (pronounced chee), a type of unseen energy or electromagnetic force traveling in a system of channels which connect acupncture points to tissues and organs.

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Does it Hurt?

Some sensitive patients do feel some discomfort when the needles first go in, but most people are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable acupuncture therapy is, often falling asleep on the treatment table. The needles are generally between 0.2 and 0.25mm in width. Five of these fit in the bore of one hyperdermic needle….they are as fine as a human hair!

They are inserted quickly to minimize skin pain, and when correctly stimulated, there is a feeling of tingling, mild cramping or an electric sensation at the point.

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How deep the needles are inserted varies from a few millimetres to a couple of inches or more depending on the size of the patient and where the point lies on the body.

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Do Acupuncturist have to study in China?


Australia is leading the western world in it’s availability of university based degree courses in Chinese Medicine – majoring in acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, or both – and most of these institutions have affiliations with Chinese Medicine teaching hospitals to provide an opportunity for post-graduate study. Chinese Medicine practitioners are now governed by new legislation passed on by Australian Government preventing unqualified people from calling themselves Acupuncturists or Chinese Medicine Practitioners.

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