Standing Position

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CHARLOTTE – I’ve seen numerous clients who stand all day in their professions: hairstylists, landscapers, even massage therapists (!) and we all share the same problems-usually, from the waist down. Let’s start from the bottom up. Standing can affect our feet, of course, perhaps throwing in some plantar fasciitis to make us aware that our feet are tired and need a stretch. Sore feet (check the quality of your shoes) can not only come from issues with your arch, pronation (look at the bottom of your shoe, if it’s worn on the outside edge you pronate), or supination of the foot (if your ankles seem to bend inward, you supinate). I would say in my practice, nine times out of ten, your feet are only an extension of how healthy the muscles in your legs are.

Now with plantar fasciitis, we massage the calf muscles and make sure they are loose. My calves are pretty tight, primarily because I overwork them. From the calves, let’s look at the hamstrings and quads. These are your biggest and usually strongest set of muscles. This help propel you when you walk and/or run. Mine are normally tight and I have to stretch them daily (along with my calves) to keep from tightening up. When they are tight, I’ll get cramps at night or pains in my shin when I run. Stretching, warmups and hydration seem to keep them in line.

Next week we’ll look at the other musculature involved in order for you to stand.

-Lisa Lane is a licensed massage therapist in Mint Hill and has owned her massage studio for 8 years. To make an appointment, visit her website at

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Lisa Lane
Lisa Lane is owner and lead therapist at Massage Sanctuary in Mint Hill. She specializes in pain management and is certified in neuromuscular techniques. Lisa lives in Mint Hill and is currently President of the local chapter of the Kiwanis Club. She is an active member of the community and enjoys travel, family time and trying to be the best photographer ever with her camera phone.