exercise & activity
Your chiropractor will most likely recommend walking as an essential part of your recovery and of your overall health. Walking plays a vital role in exercising and strengthening your low back and whole spine. This is because it enables your entire body and spinal joints to move. It is a terrific weight bearing exercise – important for bone strength and reconditioning, and it is low impact – ideal for all ages!
Walking also provides you with a great way to maintain good spinal health while keeping your weight in check. If you are carrying a few extra kilos, the reduction in weight will also take the stress off your joints. Regular exercise, periodic adjustments, good nutrition, and good work habits will together add years to your active life.
REVIEW OF YOUR FEET
What do backaches, sore knees, and hip problems have to do with feet?
A lot. The feet are the body’s contact points with the ground, so how they support the rest of the body is critical. Arch collapse is the most common foot problem. Fallen arches magnify the stress on the knees, which can lead to harmful stress on the body’s muscles and joints during walking and running.
The right choice of shoes and orthotic care is important in addressing not only foot problems, but also the effects these problems have on the ankles, knees, hips, and spine. Try to wear shoes that are comfortable and fit your feet. If in doubt, ask your chiropractor to examine your feet and shoes, they may recommend a complimentary Foot Leveler’s scan which may determine if flexible, custom-made orthotics that support all three arches of the foot are necessary.
If you think orthotics might help get your body back in balance, ask your chiropractic doctor. Your joints will thank you for it!