Even though you may feel muscle straining or connective tissue tightening in many different parts of the leg or hip - perhaps tight quads or tight hip flexors or tight I.T.B. - iliotibial band - tight hamstrings are probably the most common occurrence - especially with runners - when you learn to deepen the thigh bone into the hip socket - this femur-to-hip relationship will help improve whatever stretches you perform - plus, the better-function of the legs and hip joints will strengthen your gait and even enhance your stamina and improve endurance.
The e-book leads you step-by-step - on every page the text is aligned with corresponding images - to assist you in understanding how to deepen the ball-shaped thigh bone into the domed hip socket. You learn activities lying down with a roller under the knees or a stability ball under the heels to help utilize the rounded-shape of the heels into a surface to sense relationship of heel-to-hamstrings-to-hips. Then you take the connections you forge while lying-down and use them in upright posture and active sports.
It's important to realize first of all that the ball of the ball-and-socket hip joint is the spherically-shaped head of the thigh bone - anatomically - the femur.
The femur head is ball-shaped, but so, in some ways is the shape of the heel.
Preview Page: High Heel Healing: Using Feet & Legs Efficiently: Improving Posture, Exercise & Sports - In the actual e-book there are 500 more photos and illustrations - some illustrations are interactive as the "Heels-to-Hamstrings Length" illustration in the page above indicates: caption boxes with pointers expand with detailed description of the particular part of the body and the images expand to zoom in. The author, Herald, is founder of Backbone and Wingspan® in NYC - for over eighteen years he's been developing, refining and teaching a specific Pilates -based, posture -oriented method using the heels.
Using an elastic band or a canvas yoga strap on the heel of the foot instead of over the arch will help to activate the heel-ball to thigh-ball relationship. As well, having a slight bend to the knee rather than over-straightening the knee-joint will also help in using the weight of the thigh bone or femur to connect back into the stability and resilience of the hip socket. The hip socket contains cartilage and fluid which creates a smooth and efficient swing of thigh into hip.
Plus, if the femur - which is the largest single bone in the body - and thus the heaviest - if this weighted bone is falling out from connection to the socket, then the muscles and connective tissue around this thigh-hip area may tighten to either try to hold the bone in place or to lift and lower the bone. Whereas when the ball-shaped head of this heavy bone in deepened into the joint, the ball-and-socket functions to swing the leg freely with better-mobility, less exertion and more efficiency. Less exertion and increased efficiency means improved stamina and endurance - fast-walking or jogging.
The e-book also shows from many different points-of-view - backside views, side views and frontal views - views of simply the skeletal structure or three-dimensional and even x-ray views of the muscle layers and fascia over the skeleton - how the heels function to create better use of the legs, hips and the spine.
There are illustrations from artists as well as photos of actual participant's bodies engaged in sitting, standing, walking movements as well as seated activities and laid-back stretches. You understand deeply because the information is so visual you'll imagine it in your own body.
In addition, there are ways to take the heel-to-hips relationships and forge more deep abdominal and core strength connections. The femur-deepening you learn serves better foot function, leg mobility and hip stability as well as better lumbar spine support and low back pain relief for sciatica and sacroiliac issues.
There are also twelve videos which show foot function principles in action.
Even though the e-book is titled High Heel Healing, the information is not merely for women, nor merely for women who wear high heels. It's truly a comprehensive book about foot function for spinal support. So many men can get advice about hamstrings, ITB and lower back as well - and it can help women wear any type of shoe more comfortably - and it will assist both men and women to exercise, walk, run, sit and cycle more efficiently.
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