Agility: Walk Away Back Pain

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“Walking Involves Much Of Your Body.” WALK AWAY BACK PAIN

Most people have something in their style of walking that can cause long termwear and tear. 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. We can help you discover the reason about the way you walk, which gives you pain and help you change it. Your walk involves many body parts, all interacting together to produce your walking style. It’s as natural as breathing, and if any of your six (two ankles, two knees, two hips) weight bearing joints

are not in good alignment, you’re 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 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.


“Do You Have Walking Abnormalities?”

In addition to abdominal weakness, a lack of strength in the gluteals and hamstrings leads to forward pelvic tilt. 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. Studies of people with chronic low back pain show that they have walking

abnormalities. When these are corrected by physical therapy and sometimes shoe inserts (orthotics), back pain is reduced significantly. Research has also shown that chronic back pain responds very well to walking, exercise and physical therapy. For those seeking natural relief, nothing could be more natural or self-empowering as learning how to correct your walking and stride to relieve your back pain. Call us today to learn more how we can put the spring back in your step!



Contact Agility Physical Therapy & Sports Performance to get all of your joint pain questions answered. We can help your pain transform from a pressing problem, to a distant memory, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life!

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Why You Need To Come In For Another Check-Up: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle TAKE CARE OF YOUR ACHES & PAINS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! CALL TODAY! 941-484-8107 IMPROVEMYAGILITY.COM

Don’t let back pain become a way of life Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger Do you suffer with back pain, and fear it will get worse? IT’S EASY TO GET HELP FOR BACK PAIN

FREE BACK PAIN ANALYSIS Talk to One Of Our Physical Therapists

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Health & Wellness Tips

3BENEFITSTOCANOEING&KAYAKING Unlike the typical gym experience, canoeing and kayaking provide amazing scenery, the exhilaration of fresh air and water, and the excitement of an ever-changing and challenging workout. Specific paddling benefits include: shoulder strength because of the continuous motion and water resistance. Since paddling a kayak or canoe requires precision and control, it is a great form of strength training without the stress and strain of other high impact sports.

Abdominal Core Strength As a workout for the core, paddling is one of the best you can imagine. The upper and lower abdominal muscles of the core are strengthened by the turning and moving you do as you paddle. In developing your core muscle strength, you will gain balance and stability, which in turn reduces strain on your back. Building/Toning Shoulder and ArmStrength Paddling is a great way to build arm and

Cardio Conditioning Paddling is a continuous motion activity that is great for raising the heart rate, enhancing cardiovascular health, and burning calories. Depending on the wind and river conditions, canoeing and kayaking can be a good interval training workout, with periods of hard paddling and periods of rest. Reference: the-fitness-benefits-of-canoeing-or-kayaking/

You Don’t Have to Live With Pain

DO YOU EXPERIENCE BACK PAIN WITH THE FOLLOWING? Standing for more than 15 minutes Squatting up and down from the floor Walking up stairs Running, walking, or physical activities

When you wake in the morning Doing daily chores or activities

Look at your answers to this checklist then make the decision to get help today. Call Agility Physical Therapy & Sports Performance!

Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to help keep you moving...

Helps Relieve Leg Pain

SRAIGHT LEG RAISE - SLR While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee. Keep the opposite knee bent with the foot planted to the ground.


The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.


“Above and beyond normal!”

“I cannot say thank you enough for all the help you gave me. I feel your generosity was above and beyond normal. Thank-you, again for all you did. I was in good hands and very comfortable.” -Christine C.

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