A house if built on a solid, well planned foundation, will create a great base for the rest of the structure, and so goes the same with our bodies.
If you have sacral joint pain, stiffness in the lower back and, or, upper back, yes those ailments can be due to stiff muscles and tension, but did you ever think to look down to see if your problem starts beyond the site of the pain? A large number of people may not have pain in their feet, but that could be the source of their problems further up the body. Many studies over the years, including those in the Orthopedic Physical Assessment, state that 80 percent of people have foot problems, whether they feel any effects or not from it, and 80 percent also experience lower back pain at some point in their life. Many chiropractors and experts believe those identical stats, are no coincidence. Proper foot alignment can cause an array of problems including, back pain, sciatica, sacral joint pain, sway back, hip joint pain, posture problems, tightness in the joints and muscles from the legs to the back, disc bulges, knee pain, osteoarthritis, pelvic imbalance, piriformis syndrome and even headaches. And that is not including problems that can occur with the actual feet themselves. How our feet work? In yoga, our feet are very important, like in life, they are the base for many of our poses, specifically standing poses; connecting us to the earth. They have 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is divided into three parts, the hind foot, the ankle bone and heel bone; the mid foot, a group of 5 irregular bones in the arch of the foot; and the forefoot, the metatarsals and toes. Our feet move in many ways: