North American Healthcare Foot Rocker
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- North American Healthcare Foot Rocker
- 11.2 cm x 14 cm x 29 cm
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Simple solution to foot pain and stiffness;Stretches tendons and muscles for greater flexibility;Relief from heel, arch and Achilles tendon pain;Improve circulation in lower legs to reduce swelling;Helps prevent sporting strains and injuries
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Before buying this rocker, I did not understand what the fuss was all about. I mean, what was so special about this device when you can just up and stretch your muscles, right? Wrong. The design of this thing gives me the needed range of motion to deepen the stretch for immediate relief! Before owning this, I would stretch every second step. I would randomly stop on the street and stretch! I looked crazy but not any more. If you have stretched on your own and it has not been as effective, give this rocker a try. You just might love it too.
If it is ok, I will dedicate the rest of this review to sharing tips with those of you who are frustrated and looking for a multi disciplinary approach. I am learning just like you so please post your comments on what you have found that works for you too. Lets help each other. Knowledge is power.
1) Acupuncture. Yes, I could not believe this. I tried this not knowing what to expect. I had not started using my foot rocker when I did so the pain was so intense that I could barely move! I limped into the acupuncture studio worried if this was one of those things that would increase pain first before providing relief. I could not bear any more pain. I was in so much pain that they were only able to get one needle in my palm for the PF but from that one needle, I left there 40 minutes later with virtually no pain! This lasted for 3 days during which time I purposely stopped doing everything else to see just how effective acupuncture was and let me tell you, this goes in the PF fighting arsenal! I kept sabotaging my foot placement to see if the pain would shoot right back. Bad, I know, but I was in shock at how pain free I had become from one session with just one needle! Now that I know this works, I will combine it with other treatment options. I must add that they also put some needles in my ear for depression and I am yet to be as depressed a couple of weeks later. Take that anti depressants.
2) Massage (with your hands, not with a ball or tool). This also gives immediate relief but you still need to stretch your calves daily. I came across Willpower & Grace Mile Hile dvd and watched some youtube clips of interviews with the instructor and noticed that she REALLY stressed foot health so I went to her website and much to my surprise, she actually sells a downloadable foot health video called Sole Training! It was on sale for $7 so I bought and downloaded it on the spot and went to work ASAP! The first part teaches you how to massage your feet and it is amazing! It is much better than the foot rolling massage I was doing with small balls. The massage is easy to learn. I committed it to memory from just watching the video once and you can do it in bed, on the couch or wherever in less than 2 minutes. The second part is a quick foot workout/training. I know, right? She and some others come together and do foot exercises standing. She tells you how each exercise helps your foot. I have only done that part once but I should probably add that second part to my PF arsenal. I highly recommend this video. I have not seen anything like it out there. The production quality is amazing, just in case you were wondering.
Before this video, I was using a different kind of massage via ball rolling with those cute pinky balls. The ball massage would increase the pain for a few days before providing a bit of relief. This is not the case with the self massage in the Sole Training video. It provides immediate relief without any period of increased pain. Since using this video, I have come to see that I may have been doing more harm than good with the ball massage so that one is out of my arsenal.... at least until my feet regain full health.
3) Indoor slippers. This is a VERY important tool that is missing from my arsenal and I have taken steps to rectify this. I was reading a blog on PF by a PF sufferer who recommends Acorn and Orthaheel slippers. I just ordered the Acorn spa slippers from Amazon before writing this review so fingers crossed. Orthaheels also has a lot of stylish summer slippers that I shall be checking out soon.
4) Insoles. I have been using Barefoot Science Foot Strengthening System 3/4 insoles. I do not leave the house without these insoles. I have tried other insoles to no avail including the famed HTP gel insoles which actually aggravated the pain! This is what drove me to the acupuncture. Too bad because their insoles seemed promising. My rheumatologist actually recommended Superfeet insoles for my student wallet. I have not tried that one yet but I shall check it out sometime soon.
5) Move! VERY important in a number of ways. If you do not move your body, you create weaknesses which cause imbalances which cause strain which cause pain which causes mobility issues and worse. You do not want to feel imprisoned in your own body. I have been there and it is not a good feeling. Pain from your foot can cause a chain reaction. For me, it went from PF pain to achilles pain to knee pain to hip pain! Hip pain? I'm in my 20s!! Since trying the above, I have not experienced any knee or hip pain, phew! I plan to keep it that way. I have found Pilates to be extremely helpful with body pains. If you have PF, body pains or fibromyalgia, you might want to give it a try. It is no impact and actually corrects muscle weaknesses and imbalances thus relieving pain. If you can handle yoga and gentle walks, you can do those two. You need to exercise your physical body for PF and its resulting pains in other areas of the body. Believe me, avoiding movement because of the pain will make things worse.
6) Diet. I admit that I am no role model in this department but I have noticed less aggravation when I eat cleaner. Just adding a green smoothie or a salad to your daily meals and cutting out some junk can make a world of difference to inflammation and existing pains.
7) Meditation and Breath Work. Yes, this is a great stress reliever. It can also indirectly help with PF. If you have body pain, it helps. If you deal with emotional eating, it will kick into high gear when you are struggling with chronic pain like PF and this will cause you to pack on the pounds which WILL increase your PF issues. Focusing on your mental health is the best way to keep your eating habits and all other habits in check. I use meditation videos on youtube. I just search "10 minute guided meditations". Breath work is also helpful for your mental health. Just sitting upright on the floor with legs crossed (do what works for you but be upright) and slowing down your breathing to about 8-9 breaths in 2 minutes really helps. You can work up to this of course. It makes a difference to your mental health. Your mental health is the key to your overall health.
With regards to 5 and 6 and even 7, you can see that there is more to life than merely fitting into a smaller dress size. You need 5, 6 and 7 to be happy because when your body is pain free, you feel uninhibited and once you have been enslaved by pain, you know how liberating this can be! The experience of PF has given me a new appreciation for 5, 6 and 7 and has shown me things that the fitness industry chooses to hide or obscure so PF pain has been a blessing in disguise. When I am healed, I will approach health in a different and more holistic way than I have done in the past and for this, I am grateful.
So, with much research and trial and errors, I believe I can cure my feet as long as I stick to the above. I have discovered a number of immediate relievers so imagine what combining them will do? I shall be back to update you in a couple of months.
If you have any tips, do share by commenting on my review. Happy healing!
In general - there wasn't much I didn't like - my only major thought was that the 2-foot models that I've used seem to be more time-effective (I'd save a whole 30 seconds a rep by not switching feet) BUT this model takes up less space and is easier to put out of the way and that guided my decision. So not a flaw of this product by any stretch and more of something to consider.
[+] Arrived well packaged (in a little bubble-wrap bag, inside of a box and then inside of Amazon packaging) I've received glass items that weren't this well packaged
[+++] The rubber on the bottom is a huge plus - I'm actually using it in a carpeted mud-room but in my opinion, its well-thought through and I like having the option of using it throughout the apartment without making the floors look like I illegally house a Bengal tiger.
[+] As I mentioned earlier - the overall quality is high and comparable to what I've used at PT.
In terms of exercises, I highly recommend mentioning to your physical/occupational therapist if you've added this to your at-home routine. Mine was able to work with me to design a program that incorporated my stretch strap and rocker on days when I didn't come in and allowed me to focus more on a different set of (more demanding) exercises in the office.
First of all, you can use this device to help PREVENT plantar fasciitis. How does that work? Well, risk-factor studies show that if a person can't pull their foot up towards their head sufficiently (a motion called dorsiflexion), then they have an increased risk of getting plantar fasciitis. Since the Foot Rocker loosens up the muscles that keep you from pulling your foot up, it can increase dorsiflexion and decrease your chances of getting plantar fasciitis. Problem is, how much stretching does one have to do to really make the leg muscles more flexible?
Well, according to the book, The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution, which has gone through all the randomized controlled trials comparing static calf muscle stretching to no stretching in order to get to the bottom of things, the most efficient way to get the job done is to hold a stretch position for twenty seconds, do it four times daily, three days out of the week (Knight 2001). There are other combinations of hold times and frequencies that will work, but this way is by far the most efficient (if you look at the table in the book, you'll see what I mean). Using these guidelines, you will gain about 6 degrees in 6 weeks. Individuals looking to stretch out their calf muscles and increase their length for other reasons (i.e. running, sports...) will also want to use these guidelines.
The second reason to use the Foot Rocker when it comes to plantar fasciitis, is to help TREAT and get rid of this painful condition. To my knowledge, there is only one randomized controlled trial that has tested out the effectiveness of doing just calf muscle stretching alone to get rid of plantar fasciitis. It goes something like this:
-one group of volunteers stretched their calf muscles for 3 minutes, three times daily, while another group did five 20-second stretches two times a day (Porter 2002). At follow-up four months later, both groups improved with no differences in any aspect of their outcome.
So it seems that based upon the LIMITED evidence (you gotta go with what you got), calf muscle stretching alone IS an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. Therefore, if you want to use the Foot Rocker to help treat your plantar fasciitis, I suggest using any of the two stretching guidlelines above. Hope this helps potential buyers.
Addendum 6/27/13 - If you get a lot of running related injuries, the author of the plantar fasciitis book has another book too - Treat Your Own Achilles Tendinitis. Happy training!