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  High Heels...fashion v function.

Right, ladies – this one is aimed at you.  If you’re going to wear high heels (which is 100% for vanity over function), then take note of your posture in and out of the heels. Simply put, we were not designed to wear heels under the back foot. No question!

 

Recently, a physio and I encountered an interesting client profile presenting with chronic back pain. Bare feet postural analysis (normal protocol) displayed marked spinal curvatures and increased forward head posture, rounded shoulders and thoracic kyphosis (mid upper spine angle). However, once in her 3inch heels, her spinal curvatures decreased, head came back to neutral and shoulders retracted. Her bodies posture had literally adapted to the heels lift. This is scary to say the least. First I’ve heard of this (and NO this is not a good thing)

TRY (if you can)

ü  Take your shoes off once in the office, at your desk – have a golf ball under the desk and use this for self massage of your arches. Apply pressure to the ball and roll back and forth. Feels great.

ü  Wear trainers to work and take your heels for once in the office

ü  Reduce the height of the heel

ü  Try to only wear bare feet around the house to have your body normalize.

ü  Take note: Does your lower back ache or posture feel worse in heels?

ü  Stretch: hips flexors (top front of the thigh / hip and quadriceps), these muscles shorten and tighten when in heels, tilting the pelvis anterior.