The topic of this month, Plantar Fasciitis is a big deal. According to a Medscape overview, around 10% of the United States population experiences heel pain resulting in 1 million visits per year to medical professionals due to Plantar Fasciitis. Treatments cost us between $192 and $376 million dollars annually, consisting of injections, surgeries, steroids and physical therapy, with an average recovery time of 6 weeks. Recurrence of the condition is not uncommon.
Joshua Daubin is a studio and touring musician living the dream in Nashville, Tennessee. Being an in demand Drummer and an equally gifted professional Photographer means constant motion and a steady hand nearly every waking moment. All that repetitive arm movement creates built up tension in his shoulders and upper back.
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