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Walking And Chronic Pain


Most people don't make a connection between walking and chronic pain; and don't think that the way they walk could be part of the reason why they are in pain.

Or, they don't think that the way that they walk could prevent their healing.

But when we are in pain, acute or chronic, every movement counts.  And we walk a lot. Even the most sedentary person is taking 3000 steps a day. If those steps were well executed it would be a lot easier to heal.

Yet when people get injured they are often steered towards physical therapy or exercise class to find help.  

Often though, trying to stretch or exercise your way out of chronic pain leads to more pain rather than less.

Instead of walking around in search of different doctors and therapies, I think you should use walking to heal your pain.

The way you walk, and chronic pain, is an issue for more people than I ever imagined when I began this work.

While the way you walk might not be the reason that you are in pain, the way you walk and stand can be preventing you from healing fully.

People find themselves in chronic pain for many many reasons but here are a few that walking correctly can help:

  • A TIGHT PSOAS MUSCLE. The psoas major is a mysterious muscle deep in the core that is the main muscle of walking and the main muscle of back pain.
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  • A tight psoas major can cause a lot of problems with our movement patterns including inhibitng the freedom of the hip joint and causing a compression of the lower spine.
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  • If you have been to numerous doctors and physical therapists and no one has been able to tell you what's wrong with you, it is likely the psoas muscle.

  • A TIGHT, or MISALIGNED PIRIFORMIS MUSCLE (which along with the psoas and gluteus maximus (butt) muscles are the only muscles connecting the legs to the spine) pulls the legs into chronic external rotation and can press on the sciatic nerve creating the condition known as piriformis syndrome, a deep pain in the butt.  

  • Anyone who walks with their feet turned out and suffers pain would be well served to change their walking patterns.

  • POOR MUSCLE TONE throughout the body creates an environment ripe for pain. Balanced muscle tone supports the alignment of the bones and every step is designed to be both a spinal twist and a core exercise.

  • SCIATICA is when the sciatic nerve is impinged by something in the area of the lower back. There are many different factors that can lead to sciatica such as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs or stenosis.

  • Aligning your bones for walking and standing creates the best possible environment for the sciatic nerve to flow.

  • PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME occurs when the piriformis muscle presses on the sciatic nerve creating local pain in the butt or radiating pain down the left.

  • PLANTAR FASCIITIS is a condition that causes severe heel pain, especially upon waking up in the morning. When you are walking around today feel your heel when it strikes the ground.

  • If it hits hard, changing the way you walk will provide extreme relief.

Most people have never learned how to walk. You stand up somewhere around one year old, start walking, and you are essentially on your own. We mostly imitate our parents and siblings but who is to say that they walk well? They probably don't.

It isn't hard to learn a new way to walk and the benefits far outweigh the effort. 

And the main benefit is that you become your own healer taking control of your recovery.

All too often the doctor, chiropractor, personal trainer etc, fail to help you because you are not working with them to change your intrinsic patterns.

When you change the way you walk, what they have to offer you will begin to take hold in a permanent way.

And down the road, if your back goes out, or you have another injury,  you will heal faster and have faith that recovery is near.

The CoreWalking Program has had great success alleviating many pain problems because learning to walk correctly means moving optimally—and this limits the unnecessary stresses that can lead to disorders of all kinds.

For a limited time we are offering our CoreWalking Program at a special discounted price. The CoreWalking Program can help you get out of pain one simple step at a time.

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