Walk the Walk: Gait Patterns Explained

Have you ever thought about the way that you walk?

For most people, walking is an instinctive activity—I mean, how hard could it be?  Putting one foot in front of the other doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that requires thought or effort…  In actuality, walking correctly (in alignment and with the proper use of musculature) utilizes more brain and muscle power than you would think.  There are so many aspects to consider and coordinate—weight placement, structural alignment, reciprocal arm swing, muscle intention— that it is easy to succumb to passivity.

BUT, knowledge is power!  In a paper titled Walk the Walk, Kinesphere instructor and Restorative Exercise Specialist™ Melissa Smith addresses her community members and explains the importance of maintaining properly aligned gait patterns.  Filled with information that is applicable to all, the piece, linked here, does a wonderful job of breaking down the mechanics of proper walking (gait) patterns not only for flat ground walking, but also for uphill and downhill gait as well.  A great “cheat sheet” for walkers everywhere!

For a chance to practice your new-found gait knowledge, join us for our FREE Restore and Walk Event this Saturday, November 16 at 7am!  Meet staff member Lisa Perry at the corner of Central/Bethany Home Rd in the church parking lot for pre- and post walk alignment work and a 2 mile walk-in-alignment experience along the Murphy Bridle Path.  For more information or to sign up, call 602-532-3111 or email Lisa at lisa.perry@kinesphere-studio.com.  We’ll see you there!

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