NEWSLETTER Did You Know You Can Walk Away Back Pain?
Did you know that the way you walk could be causing your back pain? Most people have something in theirstyleofwalking thatcancause long term wear and tear. For example, a foot turned-out, a weak abdomen or poor posture contributes to stress on their body. Outpatient Physical Therapy experts are trained to treat walking disorders and teach corrective walking techniques. By changing the way you walk, it is possible to eliminate 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.Wecanhelpyoudiscover thatsomething 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 Your walk involves many body parts, all interacting together to produce your walking style. It’s as natural as breathing, and if any of yoursix (twoankles, twoknees, twohips)weight bearing jointsarenot ingoodalignment,you’reat
risk for structural pain. One minor walking error repeated millions of times can do an incredible amountofdamage toyourback,muscles,nerves and joints. This can eventually cause pain and arthritis. Often, the cause of back pain is poor strength -- specifically, weak abdominal muscles. The pelvis is held in place by numerous muscles, including the abdominals, hamstrings, gluteals and hip flexors. An imbalance or weakness 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 forwardpelvic tilt.While theabdominalsstabilize the pelvis by pulling upward on the front, the glutealsandhamstringsofferstabilitybypulling 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 physical therapy and easy weight training exercises.
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3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.
1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist .
2. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.
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