People in China used the method of acupressure for thousands of years which was helpful for treating various conditions and promoting wellness and relaxation. Acupressure or otherwise known as pressure acupuncture is actually similar to acupuncture except for the use of needles.
What is acupressure and how does it work?
Acupressure is actually an Asian bodywork therapy originated from traditional Chinese medicine. There are other Asian bodywork therapies like Tuina and medical qigong while Shiatsu is a Japanese form of acupressure.
Just like in acupuncture it is believed that there are acupressure points that lie along meridians or channels in the body. It is believed that vital energy flows through these invisible channels, and that they are related with specific body organs or to their particular network of organs. In this way, a communication system is created through the whole body.
The meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain and then connect to an organ linked to a specific meridian.
Therefore, we shall present you five exercises which will help you to enhance your balance, strengthen your feet and alleviate pain:
- Ankle circles
This is an important exercise for the ankles as usually the overload of the body is the main cause for restricted and tight ankles, thereby leading to knee, joint, muscle, hip, and back pain. Therefore, ankles have to be mobile and flexible, and for this to be achieved you need to implement the following exercise.
Now, lie on your back and extend the leg over your head, then rotate it clockwise for 10 seconds. After that, repeat the exact procedure with the other leg.
- Resisted Flexion
The tiny muscles in the foot are accountable for the body balance. This is an exercise meant for those muscles which will be tightened, thereby securing you from any injuries.
Sit on the floor and straighten your feet in front of you. Then, place an exercise band around the bedpost and put it on the top of the feet. You need to lean backward so that the bend gets tightened. Next, keep your foot bent backward for 5 seconds, and then rest. Perform the exercise 10 times.
- Toe Pencil Pickups
It is easy and simple, all you have to do is to put a pencil on the floor, and then just lift it up with your toe. Hold this position for 10 seconds, and then let it go. Perform the exercise 5 times on each foot.
- Toe walking
This exercise will help you in strengthening the ligaments, toe muscles, and the muscles around the balls. Stand on your tiptoes and move forward for 20 seconds, after that rest for 15 seconds. Do this exercise 5 times. For optimal results, do it twice a day.
- Toe press
This is one of the most effective exercises; however you have to warm your legs before you start to do it. Begin in standing position, and then bend your knees in order to grip the floor with the toes. Stay in that position for 3 seconds. Do the exercise three times per day, in 10 sets.