There’s somewhat of a craze going on right now about barefoot running and how great it is for the feet. Barefoot running is somewhat of a misnomer (thanks in part to the loose interpretation of the term by marketing and advertising execs) in that some of the so-called “barefoot runners” are not really barefoot. The better terms used for barefoot running is minimalist running, or natural running. The runner wears minimal cushion beneath the soles of their feet, but only to protect from road debris and small particles that can damage skin. Some benefits of barefoot running show persons experiencing lower magnitude impact thus erasing back pain and knee pain after just a few months of exercise.
There is no doubt that running barefoot can build foot and lower leg strength. But, it can also be hard on the feet for the first few weeks of adaptation. To ease the transition from standard shoes to the minimalist style of footwear, we have some tools that are sure to help you maintain your foot health with any type of footwear.
The foot is a complex structure built to withstand enormous forces from impact on a multitude of surfaces. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold and support the dynamic shape of the foot allow for weight distribution, balance, and propulsion. Since the plantar side of the foot is the part that strikes the ground in most activities, it is important to keep this impact zone healthy and supple. One excellent way to do this is to schedule regular foot treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, and/or foot reflexology. (As you may already know, there are plenty of nerve endings in the foot that can be stimulated and balanced through these types of therapies.)
Benefits of having regular treatments to you feet are:
- early detection of structural problems
- stimulate nerve endings and “wake” them up
- improve balance and proprioception
- prevent/treat tendinitis
- prevent/treat ligament strain
- improve circulation
- reduce edema and swelling
To help you make the transition from standard running shoes to minimalist shoes (or barefoot), August Point Wellness offers the Sciaticare Ball. The Sciaticare Ball is our multipurpose therapy tool created by a massage therapist and acupuncturist. It can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with your current health care. Use the Sciaticare Ball to massage the plantar side of the foot. Roll your feet over the Sciaticare Ball to firmly massage the deep musculature under the entire foot. Use it every day after you run. Spend just 5 minutes rolling the Ball under the three arches of the foot and enhance your foot health and recovery. Feel your feet rejuvenate themselves.
August Point Wellness also offers another great product, the Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub. The Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub is a unique formula based on traditional herbal Chinese Medicine. Great for muscle strains, tendon sprains, bone bruises, and fractures, this warming rub can work wonders for your feet as well as your entire body. For those aching, sore feet and calves, rub the Sciaticare PMR into the skin and allow the natural herbs and oils to deeply penetrate into the skin without any harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients. Another benefit of the Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub is the herbal formula’s antifungal and antibacterial properties.
For more information about the Sciaticare brand, please visit the August Point Wellness website.
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