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Why Stretching Your Feet & Toes is Muy Importante

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

If you know anything about me, you know I love all-natural health practices.

And that’s why I love holistic health practitioner/physical therapist, Nic Bartolotta.

Quick back story: in my teens I was involved in a car accident that left me lateral whip lash down down the right side of my neck. For years after I aggressively cracked it ( AKA adjusted myself ).

And like, when I say I cracked my neck, I’m talking like balls to the walls-crazy-cracking sounds.

Anyway fast forward a few years…my neck still felt like shit.

But not only did my neck feel like shit- my feet ( << yes FEET! ) were absolutely killing me. Why? I had developed something called Plantar Fasciitis.

Ya. Fun times, fun times.

Side note: ok, honestly Plantar Fasciitis sounds way grosser than it really is. Basically it’s a severe, gnarly pain in the arch of the foot. It’s caused by overuse of the foot. Um…ya, I was standing too much.

SO. Then I met Nic and uh, he fixed the pain in my neck & feet.

Ya. That simple. Through resistance stretching ( << a holistic health practice ) & the DCT ProFlex, my neck & feet pain went buh-bye. Immediately. ASAP. Just like that.

Pretty rad, right?

So anyway, I’ve interviewed Nic on my neck pain here, but I wanted to interview him again on foot pain. Feet/toes isn’t exactly a regular topic of convo & you know me, I LOVE to talk about stuff no one talks about ; )!

Ok, so get the deets on the feetsies & toesies below ( << because no one wants those crocked, ugly feet/toes when they’re older— take care of your foundation!!! ):

+ Re-introduce yourself and explain what you do:

Nic Bartolotta: My name is Nic Bartolotta and I’m a licensed Physical Therapist and a Holistic Health Practitioner. Over the past thirteen years I’ve developed a unique system of bodywork & corrective exercise called Dynamic Contraction Technique ( DCT ). Recently I patented a device called the DCT ProFlex that can be used to dramatically increase flexibility and strength of the lower legs and feet. I work with people of all fitness levels and with many different injuries to resolve their problems and achieve levels of performance previously unattainable.

+ What makes this product unique?

NB: There is nothing quite like the DCT ProFlex. The way that the device fastens to your foot allows for full and complete range of motion of your ankle and the length of the device provides the leverage needed to actively stretch all the muscle & fascia of your lower leg and foot.

+ Why is it important to stretch your toes and feet? I mean, most people would think this is weird ( << after doing this though, I’m addicted!).

NB: Our feet are the foundation of our bodies! If your feet are out of alignment then your entire body will be out of position causing problems as far away from your feet as your shoulder or even your neck. Aside from affecting your posture, tension in your feet and toes can cause severe pain in the bottom of your feet called ‘Plantar Fasciitis.’ This is a situation where the bottom of your foot gets so short and tight that every time you wake up and take your first step in the morning it tears and then swells up. It can be nagging and take forever to heal. With the ProFlex you can very quickly lengthen the fascia on the bottom of your feet and resolve the root cause of the problem.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

+ What else can this tool help with?

NB: The ProFlex can immediately remove tension that has taken years to form in the body. The way it does this is by using the principals of DCT which use resistance to actively pull the tension out of your muscles. All you have to do is use the leverage that the ProFlex provides to overpower your own muscles contraction and pull it into an active stretch. This type of ‘resistance stretching‘ is the most effective form of stretching because it builds strength & range of motion at the same time. Which means you can become more flexible and correct your posture simultaneously! It’s like yoga & Pilates combined only it works faster and the results last longer!

+ If someone is interested in learning more about the DCT Proflex, what should they do?

NB: We’re currently doing an amazing experiment with something called crowdfunding where we are building awareness around the product to spread a message about the importance of preventative health care & proactive wellness programs. We believe that the ProFlex gives people an opportunity to learn how to take care of themselves & avoid serious injuries in the future.

All we’re asking is for people to take a moment to check out our campaign video. If it makes sense to either contribute or just simply share it with someone you think might benefit from the product, then please do so. You can find more information here.

Lastly, if you’re in the LA area we are having a campaign launch party hosted by House of Fitness & sponsored by Suja Juice tomorrow Saturday, September 28th to celebrate the DCT ProFlex. The event runs from 12 pm-4 pm and we’ll be raffling off some great prizes, such as free DCT sessions, a month gym membership, & a three day Suja Juice cleanse! Location: 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Suite E, Los Angeles, CA. 90045.

+ Nic works in Los Angeles & San Diego. To book an appointment with him, e-mail: Mention TSConf for $50 dollars off your first session.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

    1. It’s actually very easy to use! It takes about 5 seconds to put on & then it’s easy, peasy from there : ). xx.

  1. Oh my GOD! I thought my feet were just getting tired or something, but I get EXACTLY that problem when I get up in the morning. I also find that walking up stairs cause sharp shooting pains in the arches of my foot, and don’t even get me started on the lower back and shoulder pair I keep getting. I noticed in a photo of me recently that I don’t stand correctly, like it looks like I’m balancing on the sides of my foot.

    I live in the UK. Who should I go to? What’s the term that I should put into Google? Holistic foot doctor?! :p

  2. Wow! I love this post, I had never heard of this before and am looking for places to do this in Bangkok! I could really use this since I used to be a prima ballerina and ruined my feet, like gnarly ruined! Thanks for sharing this information. Love + Shine CourtStar

  3. I have Plantar Fasciitis too so I am SO glad you did this post. Basically what’s happening to us is your big tendon which runs inside the arch to all the toes, is connected to your heel bone, on us that connection is getting inflamed and tearing at the heel connection. It can be from having high arches and poor support (flat shoes) and it can happen to heavier people who have flat feet. It’s just a poor distribution of weight none the less, due to foot shape. For me it’s because I have high arches and am active, my arch flattens when I step and it pulls. It can happen in one foot more so than the other because just like hands, you have a dominant foot. Go to the foot dr, a podiatrist, you can get custom shoe insoles made. They are 40$ for cheap ones and $400 for good ones, if you have health insurance, it should be covered. I wear my insoles everyday to support my arch and I feel worlds better, stretching helps too! But go to the foot dr for insoles not the drug store, theirs aren’t designed for this problem. Feel better, keep stretching and wear your arch support insoles!

    1. I’m OBSESSED with my insoles- they’re life-changing. The custom ones are worth every penny ; )! Thank you for this info, babe!

  4. Came across this post looking for relief from my plantar fasciitis. Great info on DCT stretching. Thanks for sharing.

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