Blue Sky PT. Back Pain & Difficulty Walking

How To Fix Your Stride

When you are experiencing regular back pain—especially if you are experiencing back pain while walking—you should consider ways that you can reduce back pain by taking small steps to support your back. There are several things that you can do at home to improve your stride, which can make a significant difference when it comes to managing back pain day-to-day. Here are several ways that you can start taking care of your back with each step you take: 1. Make sure you are wearing the right types of shoes. While the golden rule for walking is to wear sneakers, not all sneakers are created equally. You need to wear a sneaker that is going to provide you with the arch support that meets your individual needs. This may mean upgrading from your minimal support sneaker to something more athletically designed. 2. Of course, you can’t wear sneakers all the time. When you are at the office, professional footwear matters. You can try an insert with

an arche support in your work shoes. If you are still having issues, you may find it helpful to have custom orthotics made for your work shoes so you can have arch support around the clock. 3. Work on improving your posture. Slouching when you walk may be impacting the way your back feels. Take a few minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon to stretch your back and make a point of keeping your shoulders square and your back straight as you walk. Simply standing tall may alleviate some of your back pain. Another way that walking can help alleviate back pain is by encouraging weight loss. Being overweight puts added pressure on your back, and this can contribute to increased back pain. Working with a physical therapist to improve your walking technique can help you to overcome back pain one step at a time.

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Blue Sky PT Workshop!

Exercise Essentials

Jonathan Hebert, LCMT will be hosting a Massage Principles for Self Care Workshop on two separate dates. Saturday, February 22nd - & - Saturday, March 28th Please call Blue Sky Physical Therapy at 303.388.1537 for more information and to sign up.

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QUAD STRETCH PRONE Lieonstomach.Tightenyour lowerabdominalsand try tokeepyourback fromarching.Holdanklewithhand.Gentlypullankle toward thebuttock. You should feel a stretch in the front of your thigh. Repeat 6-10 times.

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