Massage treatment is only successful when the patient is willing to put in full participation and when they understand the significance and importance of this potentially devastating condition.
One of the chief benefits of massage for foot neuropathy is increased circulation.
Therefore, a great deal of care must be taken by the therapist to work to the patient’s tolerance in each session.
However, it is important to bear in mind that the ultimate goal is for the therapist to gradually increase pressure; naturally, this is a process.
It may be that in the first few sessions, all the therapist may be able to do is touch their feet.
Remember, don’t rush as the process because can take months, depending on the severity of the neuropathy.
It is important to be patient while undergoing this type of treatment.
The Importance of Self-Care
Daily detailed self-care is essential in order to improve or reverse the tissue damaged caused by peripheral neuropathy. The suggested patient homework is as follows:
- Spend 15 minutes each day on each foot.
- Lightly massage both feet as deeply as you can without causing pain.
- Perform a full range of motion exercises at your ankles. A fun way to do this is to “write out” the alphabet using your ankle joints and toes.
- Grasp each toe at the tip in the massage and squeeze as deeply as you can without causing pain. Work the entire toe from the tip to the base on both feet.
- Deeply stroke the skin of both feet moving in an upward direction toward your knee. Next squeeze and massage all of the tissue of your feet starting between the toes. Include the front and back surfaces of your feet. Squeeze, press and massage the entire foot as deeply as you can without causing pain. Stroke the skin of both feet from your toes to your knees once again moving in the direction towards the knees.
- Massage the calves, then repeat the range of motion exercises at your ankles. Whenever possible, throughout the day, take off your shoes and rub your feet on the floor, bend and wiggle your toes, roll a tennis ball under the sole of your bare feet, perform your range of motion exercises and massage her feet deeply.
Length and Duration of Treatment
Sixty-minute massage therapy sessions should be performed by a massage therapist once a week for the duration of the symptoms along with the patient “homework” outlined above.
Remember that infrequent, non-detailed therapy is ineffective and the main goal is consistent, daily, deep work.
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