Your Feet - Why You Need to Feel Them
What a great shot – the foot, in all it’s glory!
Most of us have no idea how to move the individual joints in our foot. Yet we could on command move individual joints in our hand. Why is this? Why is it important to feel your feet? What does that even mean – ‘feel your feet?’
In your brain there is this area called the homunculus. This is the area of the brain dedicated to interpreting sensations, and initiating movement at different areas of the body. There is a dis-proportionate amount of space dedicated to the hands, face, and feet. Our feet are highly sensitive organs. They aid in our ability to figure out where we are in space, and coordinate movements, and changes based on the ground.
This sensitivity has been lost in many of us. Why? Think of it this way – what do you think would happen to your hand if you put it in a mitten, everyday, or 10, 20, 50 years? Most likely, your hand would atrophy, you would not have the quality of dexterity, and it would scrunch up in a fist.
How is that any different than putting the foot in a sock? And then that sock enclosed foot in to a shoe?
OK – you do walk on your feet still – I’ll give that one to you. But my point is made, the foot can not function optimally in this kind of environment.
Does that mean you kick off the shoes and walk across NYC bare feet? Maybe for some – not for me.
So what can you do. Well, you can re-connect with your feet. That’s right – they’ve been neglected – and they need a little attention too!
So when you’re sitting at your desk – take off your shoes and let your feet contact the ground. Then take turns pushing the 3 most vital points of the foot in to the ground
The big toe joint
The little toe joint
You’ll notice other muscles when you do this. And those muscles will be different for each region that you load. Give it a try and let me know what you feel!
Drew Deppen, D.C. Licensed Chiropractor
As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice. He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols. He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials. Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA Track and Field Certified Coach. Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain. Dr. Deppen's combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.
Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois. As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school. From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty. While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.
Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude. Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world. While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons. Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.
As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago. He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.
During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running. Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon. Some of Dr. Deppen's most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.
Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center. He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness. He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult.
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