...From The Feet Up
Where Functional Foot Health meets Holistic Health Care - Looking after your Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual, & Mental Well-being.
Foot Health is seriously neglected until you have foot pain, then you realise how important your feet are in everyday life. The most functional movement human beings do is walk, when your feet hurt with each step you take you have a whole new appreciation for the health of your feet.
The ONLY point of contact between the body and the ground are your feet and they play a critical role in every upright movement we do.
Human movement is a complex balance of sensory stimulation, neuromuscular control and biomechanical stabilisation.
Each time your foot connects with the ground it's known as a closed chain movement, this movement produces a high amount of repetitive stress through ground force reaction sending vibrations through your entire body, using and creating energy.
Everyday functioning of the human body is an integrated and multidimensional system, and everything is connected. Long gone are the days when training focused on specific body parts, in single fixed planes of motion. The human body doesn't move like a robot, we move in all directions. Muscles are controlled by the central nervous system, and yes there are certain muscles that dominate certain movements, however, they don't work on their own, it's team work.
'Walking while nursing an injured arm in a cast throws off your balance and distorts your geometry of the walking body, creating various tensions and asymmetries that in themselves create further pain. My broken arm ached and it made the rest of my body ache too' - Geoffrey Nicholson, The Lost Art of Walking
Muscles have to react to gravity, momentum, ground force reaction and reaction forces from other muscles. The central nervous system coordinates deceleration, stabilisation and acceleration for ALL muscles of the body in all planes of motion all of the time.
The problems arise when the muscles aren't doing their job, whether that be through disrupted nerve signals, muscle imbalances, joint misalignment, external environment or injury.
If the muscles in your feet aren't stabilising your base of support sufficiently it will negatively affect the entire Human Movement System.
100% of my clients feet don't work properly
Your feet have 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments, and thousands of small nerves that are sensitive to every subtle movement we make
'80% of our plantar proprioceptors are sensitive to vibration' - Nigg et al
The bottom of your feet are the most proprioceptive rich areas of the body, small nerve receptors sensitive to stimuli such as texture, vibration, pressure and skin stretch. These small nerves send signals to the central nervous system creating faster response times, and can actually anticipate every closed chain movement we do.
Disruption in the timing of these signals leads to the central nervous system misreading the signals and injury occurs, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, stress fractures, compartment syndrome, knee pain, core instability, back pain...the list is endless.
If the feet are unstable the whole body will be unstable.
I am passionate about the importance of your foot health and how your feet are supporting you everyday.
'Where you think it is, it ain't' Ida Rolf
If you are thinking how on earth do my feet affect my shoulder pain, when I have never had foot pain? Everything is connected, via the Regional Interdependence Model
WHAT IS THE REGIONAL INTERDEPENDENCE MODEL?
'The RI model has an objective of identifying unrelated impairments in remote anatomical regions that may contribute to the primary source of pain or movement dysfunction (Cheatham & Kreiswirth, 2014; Wainner et al., 2007). For example, an observed movement impairment at the knee could be influenced by factors at the hip joint above or below at the ankle/foot.
The RI model differs from more traditional treatment models by focusing on the kinetic chain, which is the interrelated groups of body segments, joints, and soft tissues that connect them, and not just one body region in isolation.' National Academy of Sports Medicine
ADDRESS THE CAUSE whilst SOOTHING THE SYMPTOMS
Everyone in pain wants to get out of pain as soon as possible, I totally understand that, having suffered with foot pain on and off since junior school, numerous work related injuries & accidents over the years.
Looking at deeper at why the pain is occurring will reduce the risk of reoccurrence.
Do you ever think:
'I am just falling apart?'
'It's one thing after another?'
Do you feel like you are chasing the pain from one body part to another?
It's time to take a different approach, look further than the area of pain, look at what is happening at your feet, look at your base of support, how stable are you really?
Have you ever been told you need to strengthen your core to reduce your back pain?
You also need to strengthen and stabilise your feet otherwise your core will never stabilise. It's like fixing a crack in the wall of your house, without addressing the foundations and wondering why the crack has come back even bigger.
Remember 'YOUR FEET MATTER'
Pilates is classed within the fitness industry however it could also be classed as a 'holistic therapy' as it is also based on the idea that health is a balance between the mind, body and spirit, and movement increases circulation which encourages the body to heal itself.
Pilates is carried out in barefoot, making it a form of barefoot training, in traditional Pilates many of the exercises are carried out lying or sat down - negating the effects of being barefoot and not 'training' your body for the most functional movement of the human body...walking.
The Balance Barefoot Pilates approach is much more about using the feet for balance and movement through closed chain exercise, improving the stability of the feet and the core for overall health and well-being in every day life.
'Reflexology is a holistic therapy and the term 'holistic' is derived from the Greek word holos, meaning 'whole'. Holistic therapies such as reflexology are based on the idea that health is the result of harmony between the . Stresses of any kind, be they physical, psychological, social or environmental can upset this balance and cause 'dis-ease' - Ruth Hall
Release ~ Relax ~ Stretch ~ Strengthen
A Functional & Holistic Approach to Improved Foot Health and Full Body Well-Being
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