- You need to free up restricted joints and know what good posture is
- You then need to loosen up the soft tissue imbalances
- Finally, you need to strengthen the area with appropriate exercises.
If you have read my previous post on foot positioning, I hope you have been trying to keep your feet pointing straight ahead when walking and standing (you can read it here if you haven’t). In this weeks post, I discuss a few ways to reduce the soft tissue tension and imbalance that often accompanies poorly positioned feet. Any postural changes (for any part of the body) require 3 steps:
You can’t really skip a step here. If you do, you open yourself up to future problems again. In the first post we looked at positioning, so how do we loosen up tension in the feet? Continue reading to find out.
It is becoming more apparent these days that children are developing postural imbalances at an earlier and earlier age. In fact, some research indicates that children as young as 10 years old are demonstrating visible spinal degenerative changes on x-ray. I don’t know about you, but to me this is kind of alarming. These postural changes can be caused by numerous things such as, spending too much time in front of a computer or TV, looking down at digital devices too much, not enough physical activity etc.
Before you read this post I would like to you to stand up tall, close your eyes, walk on the spot for a few seconds then stop. Without moving your feet, look down and see where your feet are positioned. Are they pointing straight ahead? Are they pointing outwards or inwards? Do they roll inwards or do they roll outwards? Keep this mind as we will discuss the importance of this later on.
The feet seem to be an overlooked part of the body and typically they are only focused on when they are sore. This should not be the case, in fact we should all pay much more attention to them. In this blog series, I will discuss how important the feet are and why you should be paying more attention to them.
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