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EXERCISE Tips cont – READINESS POSITION & SHORT FOOT

Readiness Position

Perfect neutral posture or the ‘readiness position’, is achieved by:

1)  Standing erect with feet pointing straight ahead of you, accentuating the
arches of the feet by performing a short foot.
2)  Knees are slightly narrower than shoulder width apart, and are soft.
3)  Perform slight pelvic tilt and abdominal hollowing.
4)  Elevate chest slightly and bring shoulders back and down.
5)  Head  looking straight forward, chin parallel with floor.
 This should be a relaxed position to maintain (not forcibly held).

Short Foot Position

The short foot position is utilized to aid in the restoration of normal foot alignment
as well as to increase proprioceptive outflow. Pronation is a common foot problem
and can cause a chain of events up the leg and spine that can lead to pain and discomfort.

A ‘short foot’ is achieved by:

1)   First roll slightly to the outside edge of the  foot.
2)   Then try to increase the amount of space under your arch by tightening the
muscles of the arch without curling the toes down.

(Imagine you are grabbing sand between the heel and ball of the foot.)

 

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