After a whirlwind of almost a year watching Mhairi changing patients lives through orthotics and mobilisation I have been fortunate enough to undertake mobilisation training of my own. I have shadowed Mhairi and heard positive feedback from patients that their feet ‘feel different’ or that their feet ‘move better’ and thought I have to learn more.
Mobilisation is about moving the bones of the foot into the best place for function, this means creating the best foundations for the muscles further up the limb to work from. It has been shown to help the body help itself. Mobilisation is a hands-on technique that helps the with the re-alignment and re-lubrication of the joints. Therefore decreases pain and stiffness and can significantly improve foot function and reduce the risks of injuries.
I have recently worked with a small number of patients on a weekly basis mobilising their feet. Undertaking a step-by-step process to work through all of the joints in the foot. These patients had a number of injuries and complaints, the most common being plantar heel pain which was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. I was gradually seeing improvements with some patients, others had significant changes in their joints that were very stiff on the first session to moving freely.
Over the course of the weeks, patients were asked their feedback on improvement of their conditions, they were all very positive – one so much so she bought me a bottle of wine, to say thank you because she could run again!
Do you suffer from any of the following?
- Stiff Joints
- Arthritic Pains
- Weak Ankles
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Mortons Neuroma
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