We are often unaware of the fact that our feet are extremely important for the entire body, as they support all movements and they work hard during all physical activities.
Therefore, to prevent hip, back, and knee pain, you should take proper care of your feet. The traditional Chinese medicine has been enjoying the benefits of acupressure for over 5,000 years.
The application of pressure on certain body areas soothes stress, treats various health issues, and stimulates the function of different organs.
The technique is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, these points are stimulated with the fingertips. The following 5 exercises will help you strengthen the feet, improve the body balance, and soothe pain:
1. Toe Presses
Before engaging in any form of physical exercise, the feet need to be properly warmed up. Toe presses are an excellent way to warm the feet and promote relaxing moving.
All you have to do is to bend the knees while standing, grip the floor with the toes, and hold this position for three seconds. Release and then do a set of ten repetitions, three times daily.
2. Toe Walking
Toe walking is extremely effective in strengthening the muscles in the toes and the ligaments and muscles found all around the balls of the feet. Start by standing on the tiptoes and then walk forward for about twenty seconds. Rest for fifteen seconds and then repeat the exercise five times.
3. Ankle Circles
The flexibility and mobility of the ankles are of utmost importance! If they are tight and restricted, this may lead to muscle and joint pain as well as back and knee pain as the body needs to compensate for their weakness.
To perform this exercise, you need to put the back on the floor and then extend one leg of the head. Rotate the ankle clockwise for tens second and them rotate the same, extended leg`s ankle counterclockwise. Switch legs and repeat the procedure.
4. Resisted Flexion
This exercise targets the small muscles in the foot which are otherwise difficult to engage. Strengthening these tiny muscles help prevent energy and maintain balance.
Begin by sitting on the floor with the feet straightened out in front of your body. Wrap an exercise band around a chair and then put the band on your feet. Slide back while sitting on the floor until you feel the tension in the band. Bend the foot backwards and hold for five seconds. Do 10 repetitions.
5. Toe Pencil Pickups
This exercise is very simple and all it requires is a pencil. Stand in front of the pencil and grab it with your toes, raising it from the ground. Hold for ten seconds, drop it, and do five repetitions with each foot.
These exercises will take about fifteen minutes of your time. For optimal results, do them in succession of each other every two to three days.