Over the holidays, I spent some time down in Berry & Yallah (South Coast of NSW). I spent most days in dressy flat shoes, casual flat shoes, havaianas and bare foot.
Because they’re comfortable, easy to slip on and go with everything in my wardrobe. However, this did not do justice for the rest of my body and I felt I needed a Bowen Therapy treatment.
How do my feet affect my posture?
When I don’t wear supportive shoes such as my runners (that have insoles) my right foot slightly rolls in causing the arch to collapse. This may cause problems for my knees, hips and up into my shoulders and neck (in which case it did) due to the fascial pathways.
I see this so often in my clinic. Some people have completely flat feet, whilst others feet roll in causing the arch to collapse and few people have high arches. This is one of the reasons why our posture if affected (not to mention the way we do things). Every client that has a treatment with me undergoes a postural observation. This is to see the alignment of the body starting with the feet. I check the arches to see if one has collapsed or if they’re both even. Do your knees roll in, and does one hip sit higher than the other? Then I work my way up the body.
We spend so much time on our feet, whether it’s to dash to the shops, our job, exercising or walking to and from the bus stop – it is important that supportive shoes are worn to reduce other aches and pains occurring in the body.
Foot care tips
- Bowen Therapy may assist with foot health and posture as it has the ability to help realign the body including the pelvis, (which effects knees and feet), along with if you have hammer toes (clawed toes), and heel issues. (I ended up wearing my sneakers towards the end of my holiday, and wow it made the biggest difference my body wasn’t so achy).
- Visiting a shoe store that can check your gait and give you the correct advice for your feet. I personally use Athlete’s foot. I like them because every time I get new sneakers my feet are re-assessed.
- Choosing shoes that are suitable for your feet, not just because you like the brand. Unfortunately, we generally buy for the brand not for the health of your feet.
- Walking on sand makes us use the intricate muscles in our feet, so this can be good to get those muscles working.
- Yoga is also great because you use the intricate muscle in the feet to lift the arches & hold a pose.
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