Walking And Your Health

by on September 9, 2011  •  In Benefits of Walking
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Walking And Your Health

What Is Your Walking Telling You

Trelendenberg Gait

The Trelendenberg Gait happens when your abductor muscles in your hips can no longer keep your pelvis level as you stride forward while walking.[easyazon-image-link asin=”0840048122″ alt=”Walking and Jogging for Health and Wellness (Cengage Learning Activities)” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51vpagO2IDL._SL160_.jpg” align=”right” width=”124″ height=”160″]

What happens is that your body compensates as your heel strikes the ground on the unaffected side, by dropping the pelvis on that side. It is trying to reduce the amount of force the abductor muscle has to produce on the other side. Sometimes the compensating is so strong that your whole shoulder dips as well.

One of the causes of weak abductors is a back problem.

A regimen of physical therapy can help strengthen your muscles and help mitigate some of the problem.

Learn to set up a walking program for better health.

Bowlegged Stride[easyazon-image-link asin=”1553120132″ alt=”Osteoarthritis (Natural Health Guide) (Alive Natural Health Guides)” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iv5enkuDL._SL160_.jpg” align=”right” width=”123″ height=”160″]

OsteoArthritis is one of the causes of bowlegged walking. As you age the wear and tear on your joints can cause your knees to weaken. When your knees have difficulty supporting your body weight, you will start to walk with your legs arching out. So if you notice you stride is bowlegged, then you should check to see if you have OsteoArthritis.

There is no know cure for OsteoArthritis but treatments are available and you should check with your primary care physician to see what your options are.

Read up on OsteoArthritis and make informed decisions about your health.

Knock Kneed Gait

Sometimes the problem is your knees bending in towards one another or the knock kneed gait. In this motion, the lower legs aren’t straight but bend outward moving in a distinctive, awkward-looking walk where the knees are close together and the ankles are farther apart.[easyazon-image-link asin=”0801871476″ alt=”Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YED93BH4L._SL160_.jpg” align=”right” width=”106″ height=”160″]

This is often caused by inflammation of the joints or Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Again there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. Medications can reduce inflammation in your joints in order to relieve pain and prevent or slow joint damage. Occupational and physical therapy can teach you how to protect your joints. If your joints are severely damaged by rheumatoid arthritis, surgery may be necessary. So start with checking with your primary care physician to see what course of action you should take.

And of course read up on Rheumatoid Arthritis and all of these health issues to better inform yourself.

Enjoy your walking.

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