Hip, Knee & Leg EBook - US

Step 1: Improve Your Stride (cont.)

6. Try to walk daily for at least 20-30 minutes. Avoid surfaces that have an incline to one side, such as roads with a large camber.

7. Speedupyourwalkingwhenyouareexercising. Speedingupyourwalking changes your stride length and forces you to utilize your muscles in a different way. 8. Swing your arms when you walk. Surprisingly, many people limit their armswing with casual walking. Whenwalking for exercise, you can focus on increasing your natural armswing. This increases the use of the trunk muscles, which are important for your spine and hip coordination. Posture helps your joints heal The strain of sitting and daily tasks causes inflammation deep in the tissues of the spine, pelvis and hips. This in turn irritates nerve endings, causing aches and pains. Proper posture helps to align the hips and knees throughout the day, reducing the build up of inflammation. Physical therapists are the experts in evaluating alignment of the body and walking patterns. Our well-trained physical therapists have years of medical training to spot deviations in your walking patterns and body alignment, due to compensation and underlying problems. Often the painful area is compensating for poor posture and alignment in other areas. By working on these other problemareas, better walking stride and posture can be restored, allowing your body to function normally and move through a pain free range. How physical therapy helps your stride

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