Worcester: Back Pain & Difficulty Walking

“This What People With No Pain Do For Fun.” Health & Fitness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body BACK PAIN & DIFFICULTY WALKING

Onadailybasis,youwalkmorethananyotherphysicalactivity.Howyouwalk definesmosteverythingaboutyou, includingyourphysicalabilities.Wecan helpyoudiscover thatsomethingabout thewayyouwalk,maybe thereason 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 atriskforstructuralpain.Oneminorwalkingerrorrepeatedmillionsof 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 leadstoforwardpelvictilt.Whiletheabdominalsstabilizethepelvis bypullingupwardon the front, theglutealsandhamstringsofferstabilityby pullingdownon the rearof thepelvis.Exercisesmustbedone tostrengthen boththeabdominalsandgluteals.Walkinggivestheglutealsagoodworkout. The abdominal muscles can be conditioned through physical therapy and easy weight training exercises. “ DON’T WAIT FOR YOUR CO-PAY TO KICK IN, START YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY TODAY! ” Worcester PhysicalTherapy offers Direct Access for physical therapy and rehab programs. In accordance with Massachusetts State Law, Direct Access means an individual can be seen directly by a Physical Therapist, without a prescription or referral from their doctor. YOU CAN START NOW CALL TODAY! 508-791-8740

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