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...
Walking abnormalities are unusual and uncontrollable walking patterns that are usually due to diseases or injuries to the legs, feet, brain, spinal cord, or inner ear.
The pattern of how a person walks is called the gait. Many different types of walking problems occur without a person's control. Most, but not all, are due to some physical condition.
Some walking abnormalities have been given names:
Propulsive gait -- a stooped, stiff posture with the head and neck bent forward
Scissors gait -- legs flexed slightly at the hips and knees like crouching, with the knees and thighs hitting or crossing in a scissors-like movement
Spastic gait -- a stiff, foot-dragging walk caused by a long muscle contraction on one side
Steppage gait -- foot drop where the foot hangs with the toes pointing down, causing the toes to scrape the ground while walking, requiring someone to lift...
Here’s the thing about exercise. Some people just love it and really enjoy doing it every day. Others hate it and nothing you can say can inspire them to get moving. Some learn to love it because their efforts make them feel empowered, energized, slimmer and more engaged with life. Some still mostly hate it but realize it does a body (and mind) great good, so they do it for the payoff, but never really enjoy doing it. So today I am really talking to those who hate to exercise. Because you need to do something to deflect all those holiday calories that are going to end up on your waist, thighs, hips or earlobes!
I usually try to find out exactly what a client (or patient) hates about exercise. Sometimes it’s the sweating that they hate. Or it's the pain that comes from working out body parts that are not used to being challenged with weights or aerobic exercise. For some it’s the embarrassment of feeling lik...
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