Walking is something we do every day without giving it much thought. It’s how we have been getting from A to B since we found out what our legs were for.
As a Chiropractor at Back to Health Clinic one part of my job is to observe human movement, particularly our walking pattern or gait. You will be surprised how much information there is about a patient’s pain history simply by observing how they get up from their chair and walk over to the treatment room. And in many cases the way people walk could very well be contributing to their pain.
So here is a simple 3-point checklist on how to turn your walking pattern from a pain generator to a therapy;
- Swing your arms
Might sound simple, right? However, you will be surprised how many people come to our clinic with pain and walk without swinging one or even both arms. Swinging your arms from the shoulders will create momentum and use the stored elastic energy in your back muscles which significantly reduces the activity of those stiff and sore muscles that are causing your pain. Increased arm movement during walking can also help with shoulder injuries such as sub-acromial bursitis and rotator cuff tendinopathies.
- Lift your chest
Have you ever seen helped an elderly person cross the street? Most likely she will be hunched forward and struggling to walk at your pace. But you don’t need to be old to be hunched. Almost everybody these days are stuck at a computer screen or looking down at their smart phones, which can cause you to round your back and drop your chest. This is a big no no when it comes to walking pain free. Lift your chest and pull your shoulders back. This will help return your spinal curves to their normal position and make it much easier for your muscles to propel you forward while you walk.
- Take longer strides
When people are in pain they tend to take smaller steps as a way to guard themselves. This is normal in the initial stages of acute back pain, however by maintaining smaller steps over the long term, you are likely setting yourself up for a chronic pain cycle. So, take larger steps, always land on your heels first and lift off with your toes to help reduce the stress on the injured area.
If you are experiencing pain that always seems to come back or want to find out ways to better manage your pain. Arrange an appointment with our Chiropractor at Back to Health Clinic in Ryde and get out of pain today!
Call us today on 9874 1519.
Back to Health Clinic Team
269 Ryedale Road,