Feet are important part of the body, even though we are often unaware of this. During any physical activity, they are the lot of 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 5000 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.
THE FOLLOWING 5 EXERCISES WILL HELP PREVENT PAIN, STRENGTHEN YOUR FEET, AND IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE.
Warm up your leg muscles before starting any exercise. Amazing way to warm up and relax your feet is toe presses. While standing, slightly bend your knees then grip the floor with your toes. Hold in that position and count to three. Repeat this exercise three times a day doing 10 sets each time.
This can be done by anyone not necessarily a ballerina. Toe walking strengthens the toe muscles, the muscles around the balls of your feet, and ligaments. It is very simple, stand on your tiptoes and move forward for 20 seconds. Then rest 10 15 seconds and walk again 5 more times. For better outcome, do it twice a day.
The ankles mobility and flexibility are of great importance. The overload of the body is a reason for tight and restricted ankle, which results in muscle and joint pain. Also, back, hip, and knee pain can be caused by tight muscles.
Lie on the back and extend one leg overhead. You need to rotate clockwise the ankle of the extended leg and count to 10. Switch legs and make a repetition with your other leg.