NRG: Back Pain & Difficulty Walking


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Did you know that the way you walk could be causing your back pain? Most people have something in their style of walking that can cause long term wear and tear. For example, a foot turned-out, a weak abdomen or poor posture contributes to stress on their body. NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness physiotherapistsare trained to treatwalkingdisordersand teachcorrective walking techniques.Bychanging thewayyouwalk, it ispossible toeliminate and prevent back pain. On a daily basis, you walk more than any other physical activity. How you walk defines most everything about you, including your physical abilities. We can help you discover that something about the way you walk may be the reason you have pain and help you change it. You walk over a million steps in a year Yourwalk involvesmanybodyparts,all interacting together toproduceyour walking style. It’s as natural as breathing, and if any of your six (two ankles, twoknees, twohips)weightbearing jointsarenot ingoodalignment,you’re

at risk forstructuralpain.Oneminorwalkingerror repeatedmillionsof times can do an incredible amount of damage to your back, muscles, nerves and joints. This can eventually cause pain and arthritis. Often, thecauseofbackpain ispoorstrength --specifically,weakabdominal muscles. The pelvis is held in place by numerous muscles, including the abdominals,hamstrings,glutealsandhipflexors.An imbalanceorweakness in these muscles can lead to pelvic misalignment, causing the pelvis to tilt forward or backward. Forward tilt of the pelvis leads to a sway back. In addition to abdominal weakness, a lack of strength in the gluteals and hamstrings leads to forward pelvic tilt. While the abdominals stabilize the pelvis by pulling upward on the front, the gluteals and hamstrings offer stability by pulling down on the rear of the pelvis. Exercises must be done to strengthen both the abdominals and gluteals. Walking gives the gluteals a good workout. The abdominal muscles can be conditioned through physiotherapy and easy weight training exercises.

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