Now that you are seated comfortably with improved posture , how do you get up? The sit-to-stand maneuver is critical for performing activities of daily living like toileting and getting out of bed. Besides, sitting all day is not good for the body. However, muscle weakness and pain can create a serious roadblock to arising from a seated position. With some simple strategies, you might be able to stand up more comfortably.
1. Create an Adequate Base of Support : Two legs are better than one leg, three legs are better than two legs, and four legs... well, you get the picture. With an adequate base of support, this stable platform can be the launching point for you to maneuver from a seated position to a standing position. While seated, look at both feet and make sure to place them at shoulders width apart. If the legs are too close together, then the two become one and more unstable. Two legs may not be enough for some people. Sometimes, a hand placed ...
Walk this Way As someone with lifelong asthma, my upper and lower back are places that hold an extreme amount of tension. This is not uncommon for asthma sufferers. After a bad bout of bronchitis, my back and chest can hurt for weeks. Even during daily activities, I may notice chest heaviness on an allergic day. Back tightness is ever present. So, keeping my back, spine, chest and lungs healthy is a top priority. Sometimes the back has its own way of telling you what to do however, and major discomfort or spasm forces the body to stop, rest and regroup. Within the last ten years I've only had two lower back "incidents," by that I mean back-spasms. One was before my first alumni reunion weekend in Vermont. I woke up and I couldn't stand up straight. I went to my family chiropractor who gave me an adjustment and I was able to attend the weekend. The second incident occurred after I was lifting a television set (I know, I know). I felt my ba...
Treating the cause often improves the gait. For example, gait abnormalities from trauma to part of the leg will improve as the leg heals.
Physical therapy almost always helps with short-term or long-term gait disorders. Therapy will reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.
For an abnormal gait that occurs with conversion disorder, counseling and support from family members are strongly recommended.
For a propulsive gait:
Encourage the person to be as independent as possible.
Allow plenty of time for daily activities, especially walking. People with this problem are likely to fall because they have poor balance and are always trying to catch up.
Provide walking assistance for safety reasons, especially on uneven ground.
See a physical therapist for exercise therapy and walking retraining.
For a scissors gait:
People with a scissors gait often lose skin sensation. Skin care ...
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