Acupressure is a Chinese method used over many centuries. The Chinese treat many health conditions with acupressure and also for wellness and relaxation.
Acupressure and acupuncture are very similar, and even acupressure is called pressure acupuncture. The difference is that in acupressure are not used any needles. But how much are we familiar with acupressure?
It is another of the Asian bodywork therapies which comes from the traditional Chinese medicine.
Other therapies which are popular from Asian bodywork therapies are tuina and qigong, and Shiatsu is another form of acupressure, which originates from Japan.
The Chinese medicine relies to the belief that along meridian’s channels in the body are the acupressure points (acupuncture relies on the same acupoints and energy meridians).
They believe that there is a link with some organs through the vital energy that goes through the invisible channels and it makes a linked process in the whole body.
The starting points for these meridians are the fingertips. They connect with the brain and to an organ, which are linked with a meridian.
Using this method, we will present you with 5 exercises to help you relieve the pain, improve your balance and strengthen your feet.
1. Toe Pencil Pickups
In this exercise you will need a pencil and put it on the floor and then lift it off. After a hold it for about 10 second and release it. Repeat this 5 times with each foot.
2. Resisted Flexion
This exercise will help you tighten you muscles in order to protect you from injuries, as this exercise is for the small muscles in the foot which are responsible for balance.
Take a sit on the floor and your feet are stretched. Put a band on the bedpost and on your feet. Tilt backwards and to stretch the band and stay like that for 5 seconds. Relax for a bit and do this 10 more times
3. Toe press
This is the best and the most effective exercise and first you need to warm up your legs. Take a standing position and bend your knees in order to touch the floor. Stay like that for 3 seconds and then repeat this 3 times a day in 10 sets.
4. Ankle circles
The ankles have a huge role for flexibility and mobility and tight and restricted ankles can cause pain in the joint, muscle, hip and back.
First lie on your back and put the leg over your head and rotate it clockwise for 10 seconds. Then do the same with the other leg.
5. Toe walking
This exercise is important for the strength of the toe muscles, the ligaments and the muscles around the balls of the feet. First stand on the tip of your toes and walk forward for 20 seconds and then relax for 15 seconds. Do this exercise for 5 minutes. It is best that you do this exercise at least two times a day.