Back pain is quite a common condition that affects many people older than 40. In most cases, it is brought on by injuries. However, other factors can also trigger back pain which usually ranges from mild to severe. In extreme cases, back pain can be quite disabling. People may have problems moving, sitting, standing or even lying down.
Pills rarely help as they only subdue the pain. However, they don’t work on the underlying problem. Chiropractic and acupuncture might help, but they’re not available for all patients. The good news is that there is a way to relieve your back pain and it only involves your feet.
Our feet are important primarily for our posture and balance. We rarely pay any attention to them, but we really should considering how much they affect our health. The feet are also related to back pain – as a matter of fact, there are many foot stretches can relieve your back pain better than most painkillers.
Best Foot Stretches for Back Pain
Stretching your toes will move whole groups of muscles in your feet and relieve your back pain. All you need to do is sit on a chair (or the floor) and stretch them nicely in all directions. Do this 2-3 times per day to eventually get rid of your back pain.
Pressing your toes deep into the floor can boost the blood flow in your foot and in that way relieve back pain. Just stand on your toes and press them into the floor as hard as you can. Hold for 3-5 seconds and repeat this 10 times per day for best results.
Walking on your toes will stretch muscles and ligaments in your feet and toes and reinforce them. When your feet are stronger, your back will be too.
Stretching your heel can also help you get rid of back pain. You’ll need to sit on the floor and put one leg under your thigh, then reach for your toes and stretch them properly. Repeat the process on both legs twice per day to strengthen the muscles in your feet and improve your balance.
Lay down on the ground and put your feet up, then start making circles with your ankles. Go for as long as you can. This will stretch and reinforce the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your feet and possibly relieve your back pain.
Heel Tendon Stretching
Stand in front of a wall and extend one of your legs in front. Bend the right knee and move your hips towards the wall, then hold for 30 seconds. This will stretch your heel tendons nicely and strengthen them. Twice a day of this exercise should reduce your back pain.
Lie down on your back on the floor and extend your legs up front. Now, wrap a towel around your feet and stretch them up while you keep your knees straight. Continue for around 30 seconds or until your knee goes over your head.
Resistance Bend Stretching
Put a chair in front of you and wrap one end of a resistance bend to it. The other goes on your feet. Now, pull back with your foot and stretch it as much as you can. Hold for 15-20 seconds then repeat with your other foot. It’s a great simple stretch that will reinforce your feet muscles and tendons and possibly relieve back pain.
Finally, a foot massage can relax your tired feet and activate all the muscles within. It is especially pleasant and recommended after a long day at work. Do this often and the back pain should soon be gone.