26 Sep

Your foot arch directly affects your pelvic floor & your diaphragm! How?

Firstly the shape of your foot is very important. It has a longitudinal arch which runs from your heel to your toes and a transverse arch that runs from your big toe to your little toe. Your foot arch is shaped like a dome! What else in your body is is shaped like dome? Your diaphragm and your pelvic floor!

All three of these dance together and if they dance together well, they improve our pelvic floor function. 

They do all this through your fascia. That thin connective tissue that surrounds and holds ever organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. Fascia does more than provide internal structure; it has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. The pelvic floor has a direct connection to the small muscles of the feet through the deep front fascial line. From the pelvic floor through the hip adductor and the muscle of the lower leg into the big toe, we get stability from the ground up. The flexors of the toes help anchor the toes to the ground and help you to lift the arch of your foot. We can prime our pelvic floor for action through our feet.  There is even a nerve that runs from our foot arch to our pelvic floor - how amazing is that!

The Deep front line of our fascia, see figures above

In MAP we work on our fascia to create space through massage and releases to prepare the fascia and then put the power back into that space...in other words to strengthen the muscles. One of the 5 B's of MAP is Big toes because the big toes are so important and form part of our Core line of our fascia as you can see above. 

Now it might make more sense why your foot arch can affect and improve your pelvic floor health, that includes sexual health, bladder incontinence and a variety of other pelvic floor conditions.

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