Dem Bones, Dem Bones

Skeleton dancing

Many people know the song, Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones!

You know the one:

“The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone’s connected to the heel bone…”

So what’s my point?

Everything is connected and there are no spaces in between.

This might seem rather elementary but think about it for a moment.

Your body has a line of connective tissue that runs from the bottom of your feet all the way up the back of your legs and body to your scalp, called the superficial back line. If part of that line is damaged, cut or malformed for any reason, then your body could start to compensate.

Why am I telling you this?

Many people suffer from the following foot problems as a result of that compensation.
(Image courtesy of Anatomy in Motion)

Illustration of foot problems, from Anatomy in Motion

Possible remedies include soaking in Epsom salts and doing exercises such as the following:

  • Hold onto the door handles of an open door for balance and squat – slowly. The aim is to stretch that back line. Stand up again, slowly. Do this a few times every day.
  • While holding onto those door handles for balance, roll your weight back and forward, to get a rocking motion, from heel to toe.
  • While sitting, roll your foot over a cricket ball, rolling pin or similar. This should help strengthen and lengthen the muscle and connective tissue.

Of course another (very relaxing) remedy is to come for a few Bowen sessions with me at Bowen in Lothian. Call me now on 07989 133215 to see how we can get dem bones back to walkin’ around.

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