The Hidden Errors In Your Walking Technique, Explained By Two Physical Therapists

By Martin B

In an enlightening video, Bob and Brad, renowned physical therapists, delve into the often-overlooked topic of walking correctly.

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While most people never consider the mechanics behind walking, the duo reveals that there are genuine benefits to mastering this seemingly simple activity. By correcting your walking technique, you can potentially alleviate various discomforts, such as hip, knee, neck, back, and foot pain that stem from poor posture and improper gait.

To start, Bob and Brad emphasize the importance of reducing impact while walking, just as in running. They explain that landing heel first generates a jarring shock throughout the leg, whereas stepping on the forefoot or midfoot provides better shock absorption. Adjusting your stride by shortening it and slightly leaning forward can help you land on the fore or midfoot, engaging the glutes in the process.

Posture plays a vital role in optimal walking mechanics. Avoiding the “gooseneck” posture, where the head leans too far forward, is crucial. Ideally, your ears should align with your shoulders. Additionally, hunching your arms in front of you should be corrected by clasping your hands behind your back and stretching. Incorporating intermittent chin tucks into your routine helps reset your posture as well.

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Interestingly, if you experience back pain while walking, Bob and Brad offer counterintuitive advice: try walking faster. This change in pace redistributes your weight and reduces the load on your spine, potentially alleviating discomfort.

The video concludes with miscellaneous tips and a reminder of the numerous benefits associated with walking correctly, including increased creativity and overall well-being. It serves as a valuable reminder that even the simplest exercises can be enhanced by fine-tuning your technique.