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Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


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You walk over a million steps in a year Your gait involves many body structures all interacting together to produce your walking style. It is as natural as breathing, and if any of your six (two ankle, two knee, two hip) weight-bearing joints are not in correct alignment, you may be at risk for structural pain. One minor walking error repeated millions of times can do an incredible amount of damage to your back, muscles, nerves and joints. This can also eventually cause pain and arthritis. In addition to improper gait, another major cause of back pain is poor core strength -- specifically, weakness in the abdominal muscles. A person’s pelvis is held in place by numerous muscles, including the abdominals, hamstrings, gluteals, and hip flexors. An imbalance or weakness

Did you know that the way that you walk may be causing your back pain? Many people use mechanically incorrect movements while walking that cause long term wear and tear on their bodies. The experts at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy are trained in treating walking disorders and will help teach you corrective walking techniques. By changing the way you walk, it is possible to eliminate and prevent back or any other types of lower extremity pain. On a daily basis, you walk more than any other physical activity and your gait has a large impact on your overall physical abilities. We can help you discover if something with the way you walk may be the reason that you are having pain.

in these muscles can lead to pelvic misalignment, causing the pelvis to tilt forward or backward. A forward tilt of the pelvis leads to a sway back which can change the way a person walks. In addition to abdominal weakness, a lack of strength in the gluteals and hamstrings can lead 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 completed to strengthen both the abdominals and gluteals. In general, an extensive walking program provides the gluteals with a very solid workout if the individual is walking with correct gait.

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For more information about physical therapy options for difficulty walking, call Blue Ridge Physical Therapy at (423) 262-0020! Common conditions that contribute to walking problems include the following: 1. Back pain 2. Joint pain and arthritis 3. Diseases of the muscles or bones 4. Poor fitness 5. Problems after orthopedic surgery or stroke 6. Low blood pressure and heart disease 7. Parkinson’s disease 8. Vision or balance problems 9. Fear of falling If you happen to suffer from any of these conditions our therapists here at Blue Ridge are able to treat and help improve walking, balance and strength. Problems with walking increase as we age and are a leading cause of falls and disability in older adults. At least 20% of adults over 65 have problems with walking. This increases to 50% in adults 85 years old and older. Most of these problems with walking are associated with other underlying issues. Problems with walking are not a direct consequence of getting older. Rather, they are the effects of other conditions that become more common and severe with age. Common risk factors for severe problems with walking include advanced age (older than 85) and multiple chronic disease conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, dementia, stroke, hip fracture, or cancer.

Relieve Leg Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing leg pain.

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Helps Relieve Leg Pain

HAMSTRING STRETCH Stand with one leg on a medium sized stool as shown. Keeping your back straight, slowly lean forwards from the hips. Repeat 6 times on each leg. Do this 3 times a day.

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Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program: • Reduced muscle tension

As you age, your muscle tissue actually dries out a little, tightening. This causes a loss of range of motion in your joints and tissues. In addition to the loss of range of motion, it can really limit your active lifestyles and hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as dressing or squatting down to tie your shoes, now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program helps lengthen your muscles and makes daily living activities much easier. Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be

a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. It does not have to involve a huge amount of time, but stretching can end up giving you huge results! Stretching is a natural part of what we do onadailybasis.Youmightnotice that ifyou have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unconshiously. It feels good! In addition to that good feeling, a consistent stretching program will produce large gains in flexibility and joint movement. Be kind to your muscles and they will be kind to you!

• Increased range of movement in the joints

• Enhanced muscular coordination

• Increasedcirculationofthebloodtovarious parts of the body

• Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation )

Patient Success Spotlight

Practice News Congratulations MISTY STAFFORD Winner of the January Baby New Year Contest CATEGORIES: Cutest : John Photogenic: Karen Mischievous: Linda

Everyone is so encouraging and friendly and cheerful.

“Iwasconcernedaboutmyrecentlydeveloped osteoporosis. Ihavebeendoingexerciseson myownhoping to reverseorat leastalleviate my symptoms. I asked if I can learn some betterexercisestotargetmy lowbackwhere I wastheweakest. Iwassurprisedto learnthat strengtheningmycorewouldhelpmybody to trainmyback. Iamgrateful forDr.Kim,Stan, JohnandSpencershowingme theexercises that I have been able to progress with here andathome.Everyone issoencouragingand

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