Is your High-heeled gait Keeping Your Body out of shape?
For those of you that don’t want to read the full article I will get straight to the point:
STOP wearing them!
I know you probably don’t want to hear what I’m telling you, and perhaps you’re even silently cursing right now, or maybe you think I am off my rocker!
But the plain and simple truth is that high heels are awful for your body and even a small heel messes with your body’s natural alignment.
In a nutshell: high heels force your body to work in a manner that is completely and entirely backward from your normal mechanics.
Holding yourself off-kilter like this can contribute to a host of postpartum health problems: including diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction.
When we wear high heeled shoes our alignment shifts forward.
Elevating your heels places more of your body’s weight on your toes, which causes your body, particularly your pelvis, to tilt forward.
To compensate and stay upright, you unconsciously lean backward and overarch your back, creating a posture that can strain your knees, hips, lower back and increase pressure within your abdomen.
Now remember that “mommy tummy” you complain constantly about ….
That “mommy tummy” and diastasis recti are actually SYMPTOMS not the real problem.
The real problem leading to these symptoms is excessive intra-abdominal pressure
Intra-abdominal pressure is increased during pregnancy and sometimes doesn’t return to normal afterwards. If you have poor alignment, this prevents pressure in the abdominal cavity from decreasing to a healthy level.
Swapping heels for very flat flats helps you reduce that pressure – giving your body the chance it needs to heal.
Only then can you work on firming up your midline, strengthening your pelvic floor and making real progress towards attaining flatter abs and body confidence.