Researchers report that patients, particularly older ones, with chronic lower back pain are nervous of activity, that they actually walk slower for fear of injury and falling! (1,2) Now, Spengel Chiropractic doesn't want our patients to be slowed down by fear or lower back pain! Let us help. Spengel Chiropractic's chiropractic care mixed with some easy balance-building exercises help make our patients feel more secure and assured!
Slowed gait speed in older adults with chronic lower back pain often contributes to less independence and function. (1) We understand how substantial independence is to McHenry older folks. They want to be on their own!
So, have your loved one or yourself try a simple proprioception and balance exercise physical therapy routine after we talk at our next chiropractic visit, of course! The easiest one is to just stand and hold onto the wall or a counter, get your bearings, then lift one foot. Hold it as long as possible. 30 seconds would be great! Don't rush. Take your time. Keep your eyes open. Don't do anything that makes you uncomfortable. This is not a competition. It's your life, your gait, your independence.
Fear slows or stops the best of us at times. Fear of injury or fear of pain is a strong motivator to dodge what could hurt us. But managing your lower back pain in McHenry with our gentle chiropractic care and building your sense of balance will get you out moving again. We look forward to your progress toward being more balanced and walking more confidently. Contact Spengel Chiropractic today.
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