Currently, incorrect posture, slouching, and constantly complaining of knee and back pains have become a norm. This is partly attributable to our lifestyle choices such as prolonged desk jobs, long commuting hours, and how we choose to position our back and feet while using our phones or other devices.
There is a wide range of variables that determine your posture. The positioning of your spine and shoulders are some of these variables. Even so, the alignment of your feet is the fundamental determinant of your posture. Proper symmetry of your feet is vital, to maintaining the correct posture.
How Does Proper Feet Alignment Enhance Your Posture?
With your feet correctly aligned, other parts of the body are also tuned into contributing to a better posture. How so?
- Reduces muscle pains and exhaustion.
- Enhances stamina.
- Gets rid of aches in the legs, back, neck and hip.
- Maintains the right indentation of your joints and bones.
- Lessens weariness of your ligaments.
However, if you have an issue with your feet or legs, enjoying the above benefits can be difficult.
What Are Some Foot and Leg Problems That Affect Posture?
In children, a few of the most common foot problems are knock knees, walking while tip-toeing, bow legs, in or out-toeing, and having flat feet. Luckily, most of these problems often correct themselves as children grow older.
From birth up to the age of 5, an infant’s feet have a fast growth rate and it is of the essence for the bones to grow linearly, without bending. Choosing the right size and material of the first shoes for a child goes a long way in ensuring that the foot bones are developing as required. This should be paired with proper care for the feet and toes, for better results.
On the other hand, supination, flat feet, arthritis, bunions, hammertoes, extended arches, and bursitis are some foot problems that affect adults. These problems can be alleviated once attention has been paid to the musculoskeletal system and received proper care.
Aside from the feet and legs, injuries on some other parts of the body such as the spine, hip, and neck are equally likely to hinder proper posture. For instance, a herniated disc in the neck is a problem that leads to an incorrect posture. There are exercises that can resolve such a problem.
What Are the Exercises For A Herniated Disc In The Neck?
Herniation of the disc affects the neck and the entire upper of the body, causing pain and discomfort. The shoulder blades, arms, and fingers are attacked and this results in numbness and convulsions of the muscles. Herniation of the disc is caused by the exertion of exceeding pressure on the spine. Chiropractic is used as a solution in some instances, but physical stretches do the magic.
Below are a couple of independent corrective exercises for a herniated neck disc:
- Elongating your neck while lying on your back, for about a minute and repeat severally.
- Trying to lengthen your neck while lifting your head, for up to ten seconds.
- Positioning yourself against a wall and reversing your shoulders, with your elbows bent at an angle of 90 degrees.
- Enfolding your chin while retracting your neck.
The purpose of the above exercises is to reduce the pain caused by a herniated disc. If any of the above stretches causes you pain, you should instantly discontinue and get an alternative exercise. Even with absolute proper care of the neck, spine, and any other body part, the principal part of the body that should be given the most attention for a correct posture, is the feet.