A couple of days ago I experienced another intense, yet massively beneficial Kinetix session. This time Elisha stepped on the tops of my feet. I experienced this for the first time a couple of months ago, and Jeeesus Christ it was… emotional. I typically have very cold feet and don’t get great circulation in the hands or feet, yet I never experience pain on the tops of my feet (or hands for that matter). What really surprised me about the experience (besides all the grunting and groaning) was the dramatic increase in blood flow after getting stepped on. After Elisha stepped on my left foot, it was very visually and viscerally apparent that more blood flow was getting to the left foot than the right.
I’ve known for a while that Kinetix can improve circulation, but I have never experienced it to such a high degree.
This got me wondering if Elisha had ever encountered anything this dramatic in her private practice, and what the implications were for people who had similar issues with circulation and people who experience daily pain on the tops of the feet.
I found out through this Q&A that persistent pain (not just when getting stepped on) in the tops of the feet tends to be a very different issue than poor circulation in the feet. Elisha explained that sometimes this persistent pain in the tops of the feet is more often an issue like tendonitis, than it is a circulation issue. And of course I was reminded that,
We often aren’t aware of the area of tightness or restriction, but instead another part of the body where we actually experience the pain resulting from that tightness or restriction.
So if you are experiencing pain on the tops of your feet on a regular basis, the source of that pain is likely coming from restrictions upstream in the tibialis anterior or peroneals. If you’re in this boat you will most likely need to release whatever is tight or restricted upstream.
Now it is possible to have cold feet with poor circulation because of restricted fascia in the feet as well as restricted fascia upstream. Just because you don’t have persistent pain in the tops of the feet doesn’t mean you don’t have restrictions or tightness upstream causing other problems. Because our biologies are highly unique, you might be experience tendonitis on the tops of your feet while I experience no pain (but horrible circulation), yet releasing the tibialis anterior could solve both of our problems.
Talking with Elisha about this reminded me of just how differently each of our bodies can respond to the exact same stimulus.
Although it may seem impossible to diagnose the issues you’re having because of this element of uniqueness, there are commonalities that allow an experienced practitioner like Elisha to assess what’s happening in the body and how to give your body what it needs relatively fast. That being said, we don’t all have a highly skilled Kinetix practitioner at our disposal (yet). However… if you’re looking for some self-help techniques to get you off on the right foot (horrible pun intended), then we have something to get you started. If you’re like me and you experience circulation and nerve pain issues, I recommend starting with tibialis anterior or peroneals techniques.
And if you have tendonitis or experience persistent pain on the tops of the feet, you’ll want to try the tibialis anterior/peroneals techniques as well as the plantar fascia technique. Whatever boat you’re in, it’s never a bad idea to give all the techniques a try and see what works best for you, as we all have very different biologies and root causes for the issues we’re experiencing.
Oh and if you were wondering about that pic of my feet showing the difference in circulation, this is one from about a minute after getting stepped on. You can see that the increase in circulation extends all the way up through my ankle and lower left leg. It was not a pleasant experience to go through, but definitely a beneficial one that had a surprising impact on the range of motion in my feet. If you look closely you can see the flattening/articulation in the toes on my left foot compared to my right, where the toes are relatively curled up.
The point of me showing you my beaten up pair of boats is to give you a good visual of just how much we can improve blood flow and mobility in the feet if through fascial release work like Kinetix. If you’re struggling with pain or circulation issues on the tops of your feet, do yourself a favor and go check out the self-help videos (tibialis anterior/peroneals and plantar fascia) to experience better blood flow, more mobility, and less pain on the tops of the feet.