Symptoms of a Damaging Walk

Symptoms of a Damaging Walk

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By Betsy Wetzig

Most people walk incorrectly. (Who taught them how? What bad habits have they picked up?) Little by little their bodies are being injured. The results are our common injuries and pain in the lower back, knees, hip, neck, shoulder, feet and even headaches. Later on it leads to poor balance, shortening and tightening of the spine, weakening and an “old before your time” look and feel. Even if you have no pain now, incorrect walking will lead you to it. AND…Even many “fit” people don’t walk correctly.

Here are some major symptoms of a bad walk. Do you have any of them?

A) Simply stand still and ask someone to check you from the side. Is/are your:
• Head in front of the shoulders or tilted to the side
• Shoulders behind your hip (should be over the middle of the hip)
• Knees hyper-extended or locked
• Shoulders pulled up towards your ears or rounded forward

B) Walk
• Are your ankles, knees or hips tight?
• Is your gait even? (both legs with the same rhythm and movement)

GOOD NEWS…… You can transform your walk into an “Ergonomic Health Machines.” Your bad walking habits can easily be changed with simple exercises which will activate your correct Coordination to:

• PREVENT & REVERSE JOINT PROBLEMS, MUSCLE PAIN, & STIFFNESS
• IMPROVE YOUR COORDINATION, VIGOR, YOUTHFULNESS
• HELP YOU HANDLE STRESS MORE EASILY, BE MORE CONFIDENT
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

Join Movement Expert Betsy Wetzig’s CORRECT WALKING WORKSHOP

FRIDAY, DEC. 4TH , 7:00-9:30 PM

at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

Register at 610-398-9652 ($30 or $45/ two, at the door $ 40)

 

Dr. Tom’s Turkey Day Tips

 

Dr. Thomas WachtmannThanksgiving is just a couple days away and for many of us it’s an opportunity to eat twice as much as any other day.  Sure, this one meal isn’t going to make you fat, but don’t let this start a trend of overeating through the holiday season.  After all, who needs those extra pounds and all the stress they put on our bodies.

Here’s a couple of tips from Dr. Tom to get you through Turkey Day without the extra weight:

Have a good healthy breakfast.  Studies show that people who eat breakfast actually eat less throughout the day. Protein is a good choice as it will stay with you throughout the day.

Get moving. Enjoy a workout or walk. Why not burn a few calories before the big meal? And by all means, take a walk after dinner.

Drink lots of water.  It will fill you up and prevent nibbling all those extra chips and dip. Add some lemon or lime for extra flavor.

Portion, portion, portion ~ Enjoy a little bit of everything but keep the portion small.  A serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards. Enjoy a smaller portion and a lot less guilt. And, have some dessert.  You’ve waited all year for pumpkin pie…enjoy!

Savor each bite and chew food slowly and thoroughly.  Taste your food.  Put down your fork and enjoy some conversation. Allow your food to digest (around 20 minutes) allowing your stomach to signal your brain that it’s filling up!

Go easy on the alcohol.

Enjoy that delicious Thanksgiving meal and feel good too!

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Tom Wachtmann

Need A Hand Chiropractic, Breinigsville, PA

Link Chiropractic Clinic, Fleetwood, PA