How does your feet relate to your core?
Could your collapsed arches be causing back pain?
This month I have very been placing a focus on foot health. We often pay little attention to the 10 little piggies on our tootsies.
So whilst the one little piggie is off to the market what are the other 9 little piggies doing?
Are they pointing towards the piggie that went ‘wee wee wee, all the way home’?
If this is the case you might be in trouble.
You see, our toes are meant to act like the fingers of our feet, if we are able to spread the toes and use them to increase the surface area of the foot to grip and help find the muscles below the arch of the foot then we have a pretty stable base. But if they are compressed (due to bad shoes and habits) and even worse if the feet are turned out like a duck or in like we are shy, we are not using these and other muscles and a whole chain connected to them. The result could be collapsed arches, ankle strains, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, back pain and so much more.
So how do we spread em, point em forward and lift those arches.
Awareness. And a little help from a friend.
Befriend your feet, love them, massage them, stick your fingers between your toes, wear toe spacers, work them out, point em, flex em, stretch them.
Your abs will thank you.
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Foot to core to breath – moving functionally forward.
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Here is some more info about how the feet links to the posterior chain.
3 Simple Techniques to Release Your Tight Hamstrings & Stiff Lower Back
1) TREAT THE FEET
This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to rapidly improve your flexibility and your quality of movement. I use this simple technique to help my clients release lower back tension, sciatic pains, and to improve their sporting performance.
Massaging or pressing the feet is an ancient health practice still found in many parts of the world. Walk down any street in China Town and you'll see Foot Massages advertised.
The inner arch of the foot directly links to the posterior chain of the body - picture a band running from your head down your neck, all the way down through your back, your buns, your legs and your calves, and finally into the sole of your foot.
If we release the tension on the inner arch of the foot we can release that whole band running up the rear of your body....
....Sit in a chair and place the ball on the floor. *( you can use an accupressure or hard ball such as a hockey ball)
•Push the foot down on the ball and roll clockwise with firm pressure for 9 complete circles.
•Then roll back and forth along the inner arch 9 times this releases the spine. Give extra attention to any tender areas.
•When complete, change sides.
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*added by A Pettenburger to original article.