Not many of us are aware how important our feet are. They are the one that support the whole body during all physical activities, yet we pay too little attention to their health.
In most cases, you can prevent hip, back, and knee pain by taking proper care for your feet. As you may know, the traditional Chinese medicine has been enjoying the benefits of acupressure for over 5,000 years.
According to this technique, by applying pressure to certain parts of your body you can relieve stress, treat various health issues, and stimulate the function of different organs.
The following technique is similar to acupuncture, where instead of needles, you stimulate the points with your fingertips. Here are 5 exercises that will help you strengthen the feet, improve the body balance, and soothe pain:
Just like imitating a ballerina when you were little – stand on the tiptoes and move forward for 20 seconds. Make a 15 second- break, and repeat 5 times, twice daily. This way you will strengthen the toe muscles, the muscles around the balls of your feet, and ligaments.
To tighten the muscles, prevent injuries, help maintain body balance, and support the small foot muscles, do the following:
Straighten the feet in front of the body while sitting on the floor. Wrap an exercise band around the bedpost, and place it on the top of the feet, and then lean backward to tighten the band. In the end, band the foot backward and hold for 5 seconds. Make a 10-second break, and repeat ten times.
Toe Pencil Pickups
For this exercise all you have to do is to put a pencil on the floor and try lifting it with the toes of one foot. After 10 seconds, release it again, and make 5 repetitions with each foot.
This is a great way to warm up the leg muscles. Stand up, bend the knees a bit, and grip the floor with your toes. Hold for 3 seconds, and repeat in 10 sets three times a day.
Lie down, raise the leg overhead, and rotate the ankle clockwise, while counting to 10. Then, repeat with the other leg.
This will bring back the mobility of your ankles, because tightened ankles cause muscle and joint pain, as well as knee, back, and hip pain.