The overall health and wellbeing of your body starts on the bottom of your feet. Here, there are millions of touch receptors, which are stimulated each time they make contact with the ground (by standing or walking). These touch receptors form different patterns, depending on what part of your foot is touching the ground.
These patterns of stimulation send a signal (message) to the brain as to the position of your body (posture) in space. The brain, acting on these signals, makes continuous micro-adjustments in the position of your body in order to maintain balance and prevent you from falling down.
Because the skeletal framework encases the organs and determines
the way they ‘hang’, the position of your posture determines whether your organs are hanging in a position in which they can optimally function.
That is, if your posture is erect and stable, your internal organs are suspended in a position in which they can function at their best. But if your posture is distorted, your internal organs will be positionally distorted and in some cases, actually compressed into a smaller space. This can inhibit their proper functioning. This is analogous to putting a kink in a water hose (which lessens the outflow of water through the hose).
The following statement should not be taken lightly: To maintain or achieve good health, you must have good posture.
So the important question is – What determines whether or not you will have good posture? The answer is that your posture is determined by the specific patterns of stimulation that are sent from your feet (to your brain).
Specific foot structures send distorted signals to the brain and the brain responds by adjusting the posture into a distorted position (bad posture). Hence, the internal organs are compressed and don’t function optimally. The end result is lesser health and wellbeing in your entire body.
Other specific foot structures send undistorted (correct) signals to the brain and the brain responds by adjusting the posture into an erect, upright position. Hence, the internal organs hang in an optimal position and function well. The end result – greater wellbeing of your entire body!
The Link Between Your Feet And Total Body Wellness
There was a hit song, probably from the 1940s, that went something like this – ‘The ankle bone’s connected to the knee bone and the knee bone’s connected to the hip bone and the hip bone’s connected to the shoulder bone…etc’. Given the writer’s creative use of anatomy, he’s ‘spot on’ about the inter-connectedness of the parts in the human body. That is, each part is symbiotic (interdependant) with the rest of the body for the maintenance of its health.
Unfortunately, this intimate connection is not always acknowledged or understood by healthcare professionals. From their first year of medical school, when students learn about the body through the dissection of human cadavers, most of their dissection time is spent on the head and trunk – the extremities (hands and feet) are basically ignored.
Out of medical school, doctors often specialize in one area of medicine – the heart, lungs, etc- and sometimes don’t see the body as a holistic interconnected and functional unit. This is a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is up to.
Even podiatry students (future foot doctors) do not usually study how the function of the foot affects the health and wellbeing of the rest of the body. This reflects in their treatment of foot problems.
The feet are far more than a platform for standing, a vehicle for walking and a structure for attaching shoes. In fact, they are one of the most vital parts of the human body; as the feet are the starting point of a communication system that determines how your entire body functions.
Let’s look at this amazing process: