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The Theory and Practice of Massage and Exercise for Plantar Heel Pain

Online Course: The Theory and Practice of Massage and Exercise for Plantar Heel Pain

Get better results for your patients with heel pain using deep friction massage and exercises

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Course instructor:

Bernice Saban

An experienced physiotherapist working with musculoskeletal problems, specialising in heel pain syndrome and trigger finger

1-1.5 hours

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Manual therapy is commonly used by physiotherapists to improve mobility and reduce pain. Myofascial restrictions of the posterior calf muscles have been implicated in the development of plantar heel pain (PHP) as they interfere with both the extensibility and the contractibility of the muscles and fascia, thus impeding optimal functioning. This course investigates manual therapy - the practical component of the treatment of plantar heel pain syndrome (PHPS) - as described in the “new protocol” for the management of PHPS. Manual therapy in the “new protocol” refers to deep friction massage therapy techniques, which are based on the teachings of Dr James Cyriax. After applying these manual techniques, exercises are prescribed to restore the optimal functioning of the muscle. This course follows the lecture on the “Anatomy and Relevant Structures in PHP”. The next course in this series is the “Application of the New Protocol for PHP”.


The purpose of this course is to describe the theory and practice of manual therapy for PHPS as it pertains to the “new protocol”, with specific emphasis on deep friction massage therapy and exercise.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

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This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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