Your feet is part of your body, but not something you think about often, why? Because they are always covered in shoes and you usually do not expose them and your friends rarely praise you for a pair of good feet, like they would tell you about your good looking abs.
Anatomy: each of your foot has 33 joints and 26 bones, comparing to your leg which has 2 bones and 1 joint, your highly mobile feet are designed to move and to walk on different surface from smooth pavement to uneven ground. Your feet are very well supplied with nerve endings and these proprioceptors help to sense the body’s position and movement in space and adjust your balance accordingly. Any malfunction in foot mechanism can result in poor balance and affects static and dynamic postural stability.
Keeping your feet mobile is part of the anti-aging physical management you can not overlook. Here is what you can do to keep your feet flexible and to release your back and neck as a result.
1.Use one, or more balls in various sizes, from 1 to 4 inches in diameter. Use smaller ball for more targeted spots and bigger, softer ball to release the fascia. You can also use the half-ball, dome-like foot release tool(our favorite is Yamula Foot Saver), or mini roller. The ball should not be too hard and should stay under your foot well and not roll away.
2. Work along the outer, middle and inner foot, from the heel to the toes.
3. Cover the whole foot as much as possible.
4. Stay on each spot for 10 seconds or more depending on how you feel.
5. Do this in standing. Sitting might work, give it a try.
6. Stand up and see how you feel in your feet, legs, back and neck after you have done it.
The entire sequence can take as as long as 10 mins. You can also finish in less depending on your time.
If it hurts too much, you are overdoing it. The pressure should be bearable and your body will response better with gentler pressure.
Get up from your desk or sofa and start doing this now, baby steps matters.