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Back pain? Consider your feet

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

The bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the feet all work together to keep the rest of the body functioning properly.

My husband and I were in bed one night, when all of a sudden we heard a loud noise. We turned on the light to find our sliding glass door shattered. We had noticed cracks in the living room walls earlier, put two and two together, and knew we needed to have our foundation checked ASAP to prevent further damage!

Your knee, hip, or back pain could very well be like those cracks in the wall or that shattered glass. Our feet act as the foundation of our bodies, and it's critical to keep them healthy, strong, and flexible. Each foot consists of 28 bones, more than 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons that all work together to provide balance, mobility, and support for the rest of the body.

The human body is one large connected chain. Feet that lack mobility and proper alignment affect the knees, which in turn can pull the hips out of alignment, and cause excessive pressure and pain on the lower back. It is important to address the foundation of the problem areas in a timely manner. Stretching, strengthening, and proper foot alignment are key.

Every Essentrics workout stretches and strengthens the feet, and every Essentrics exercise begins with proper alignment of the feet. When the feet are stable, the rest of the body is able to function properly without pain and discomfort.

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