Research has shown that various types of foot stimulation can have a positive effect - not only on foot muscle strength - but also on foot circulation.
So why is foot circulation so important?
Good circulation is beneficial for everyone who is looking for healthy feet, legs and movement. You can think of good circulation as providing nutrients, supporting tissue healing, creating healthy nerves, enhancing temperature control and of course ensuring fast healing
So what are some great ways you can improve your foot circulation?
#1 - Barefoot Stimulation
Getting out of our shoes and walking on varying surfaces forces the foot muscles to contract which act like pumps bringing fresh blood to feet and lower legs.
Naboso founder Dr Emily recommends people get at least 30 minutes of barefoot stimulation every day.
#2 - Grounding
Grounding or earthing is connecting the bare feet to the natural surfaces (and electrical charge) of the earth.
Stress and inflammation in the body is considered to be acidic or + in charge, whereas the earth has a negative charge. Research has shown that when walking on grass, dirt and varying other surfaces you can reduce + charges in the body, thereby reducing inflammation.
Inflammation creates stickiness in our blood which can impair ciruclation.
Dr Emily reccomends daily grounding for at least 15 minutes .
#3 - Vibrations
Vibrations are experienced with every step we take. They drive muscle contractions and have been shown in research to increase skin perfusion.
There are several ways to increase vibrations to the feet including: wearing minimal shoes when walking, using a vibration platform such as PowerPlate, using vibration rollers and exercising on hardwood floors vs. cushion or carpet.
#4 - Naboso!
We've been hearing from so many of our users that when they use the Naboso Insoles they no longer have cold feet or need to wear socks because their feet are warmer.
Texture, like all sensory stimulation, creates muscle contractions which induce pumping of the circulatory system and vasodilation (widening of blood vessels).
In the feet - especially the toes - our blood vessels are so small, so integrating techniques to improve foot health and circulation should be part of everyone's longevity program.
Want to learn more great tips about foot health and sensory stimulation, check out www.naboso.com