The spinal cord ends at the lower part of the thoracic spine. It doesn’t actually run through the lower back. The cord originates at the base of the brain, extends down through the bony canal of the cervical and thoracic vertebrae to then branch out into a “horse’s tail” of nerve roots (known as the cauda equina). These nerve roots then innervate all the muscles and organs of the lower half of the body.
Compression on a low back nerve root, either where it exits the spinal column or within a muscle of the hips, legs and/or feet can cause discomfort and pain anywhere along that route. The two nerve roots most commonly pinched in the lower back are L5 and S1. It is the S1 nerve root that can be implicated in plantar fasciitis.
The S1 nerve root and its branches run through 34 muscles. Compression on the nerves can cause weakness, numbness, pain and/or reduced function. In instances where plantar fasciitis has not responded satisfactorily to treatment on just the feet it can be pressure on the S1 nerves holding back full recovery. Releasing compression on the entire S1 nerve root path is often the key.
In the Plantar Fasciitis: Prevention & Protocol workshop, attendees learn a combination of therapist assisted passive and active leg movements to clear nerve compression muscle memory and re-educate the muscles to a balanced state. The release of nerve impingement in the hips and legs is combined with a solid foot component to create a successful treatment for stubborn plantar fasciitis cases. Identifying the problem areas between hip and heel make it possible for the therapist to recommend a custom-designed “homework” package to prevent re-occurence.
Only three opportunities left in 2012:
August 25 & 26 – Saint Augustine, Florida
September 15 & 16 – Guelph, Ontario
September 22 & 23 – Montreal, Quebec