How To: Use Your Chair to Manage Foot Pain

If you’re currently suffering from diabetic nerve pain in your feet, I want you to see this.

Because a recent discovery out of Harvard’s Medical School has shined a light on a new way for you to help manage your foot pain. (1)

You see, if you’re like most people, when you think of dealing with neuropathy in your feet, you think of it as an isolated issue.

But, what you may not be realizing is — the health of your knees and hips play a key role as well.

According the Harvard researchers were able to establish that if you have foot pain on a certain side of your body, that you were much more likely to have knee or hip on the same side.

So, if you’ve got neuropathy in both feet? Ouch.

Now, while this type kind of revelation may be hard to hear, there’s definitely something you can do about.

That’s where Chair Yoga comes in.

I know — it may sound a little kooky at first. But it’s an excellent solution I recommend you consider to help:

•Reduce joint strain, keeping your feet active so those day to day activities are easier and more comfortable.
•Strengthen your back to take pressure off the soles of your feet, leading to less aches and pains
•Boost flexibility and agility to help reduce the risk of accidents.

This can provide you with some significant benefits from a simple set of exercises…exercises you can do anywhere, even on your couch!

And all together, they take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Ready? Here we go…

Chair Yoga 101

#1: Seated twist

Place your left hand on your right knee and your right arm over the back of your chair. Turn to look over your right shoulder and hold for four breaths in and out.

On the inhale, feel your spine lengthen and, on the exhale, feel a deeper twist. Exhale back to center and repeat on the other side.

#2: Chair pigeon/hip opener

Place your right ankle on top of your left knee. Let your right knee relax out to the side while keeping your foot flexed.

As you inhale, sit up tall and as you exhale, enjoy the stretch. You can increase the stretch by placing your right hand on your right knee and applying gentle pressure down.

To increase the stretch even more, keep your back flat and your spine lengthened and start to tip forward from the hips.

Stay for three-to-five breaths and repeat on the other side.

#3: Forward fold

Start with your hands-on top of your thighs and take a deep inhale.

As you exhale, fold forward at your hips (making sure you don’t round your upper back) draping your body over your legs.

Slide your hands down toward the floor. You can either hold each elbow with the opposite hand or let your arms dangle to the floor.

Let your body hang heavy over your legs and let your head and neck relax. On an inhale, let your hands rest on your thighs and slowly roll back up to seated.

Repeat this sequence several times.

So, do yourself a favor and find some time to include chair yoga into your daily routine, your body will thank you!

And if you’re looking for more ways to deal with the pain of neuropathy throughout the course of your day, remember, Nerveology’s Advanced Pain Response was specially designed to bring consistent relief where you need it most.

SOURCE:

(1) Foot Pain? New Study Says Look at Hip and Knee, Too, for Complete Diagnosis . (2018). Hospital for Special Surgery. Retrieved 20 June 2018, from https://www.hss.edu/newsroom_foot-pain-hip-and-knee.asp

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