Feet are a very important part of the body, even though we are often unaware of this. During any physical activity, they are the most hard working body part, because they back every movement. Proper care of the feet can help in the prevention against back, hip and knee pain.
Acupressure has been a part of the ancient Chinese medicine for more than 5,000 years. Putting a pressure on certain points on the body helps relieve stress, stimulate the function of different organs and treats some health conditions. It works the same way as acupuncture, but here we use our fingertips instead of needles.
These 5 simple exercises can relieve pain, improve the balance and strengthen the feet:
This is a warming exercise. Stand and slightly bent the knees, then press the floor with the toes. Hold this position for 3-5 seconds. Do 10 sets, 3 times a day.
Everyone can do this exercise, which will strengthen the toe muscles, ligaments and the muscles around the balls of the feet.
All you have to do is stay on the tiptoes and move forward for 20 seconds, then rest for a couple of second and repeat it 5 more times. It is recommended to do the exercise twice a day.
Tightened ankles can cause joint and muscle pain in the hip, knees and back. This exercise will make them more flexible and mobile.
Lie down on your back, with one leg extended over the head, while rotating its ankle clockwise for 10 second. Then repeat the same with the other leg.
Exercise for strengthening the small foot muscles, which are very important for maintaining balance and preventing injuries.
Sit down on the floor with the feet in front of you. Wrap an exercise band around the bedpost and on top of the feet. Lean backwards until it`s tight. Then band the feet backwards, hold this position for 5 seconds, pause and repeat it 10 more times.
Toe pencil lift:
You can do this exercise anywhere- just put a pencil on the floor and try to pick it up with your toes. Hold it for 10 seconds and let it go. Do it with both feet.