Pain-Free Walking For Exercise and Overall Health

Walking has so many benefits from increasing your heart rate to lowering your stress levels. It might seem like an intuitive thing to do without any thought, but there are good techniques when it comes to walking. Our focus here is how to utilize the many benefits of walking for health but without the negative implications of pain associated with it if done too long or too much. 

As we age many people turn to healthy walks as a form of their main exercise. The biggest question here is what can be affected if done incorrectly or if you have a pre-existing issue. 

Bad Posture During Walking Can Harm

  • Spine
  • Hips
  • Feet
  • Joints

Let’s explore the tips below on how we can walk long distances or even walk a lot without hurting the body in the process. 

What Is Correct Walking Posture?

Our last article was about good posture while sitting as we seem to be doing much more of that nowadays. Here are some tips to keep correct posture while walking and to prevent pain. 

  • Make sure you are standing straight with no leaning to the front or back. It is better to walk slow straight than fast with a bend in either direction. 
  • Your feet should be at shoulder distance, too wide can hurt the hips, and too narrow can affect balance. 
  • Toes pointed forward and not inwards or outward. If you typically have this problem then a mindful walk where your focus is on fixing this can do wonders. 
  • A straight back is good but an arched one can cause problems in the lower back region. 
  • Engage your core by sucking in your gut a little. This will cause your abs and back to work and strengthen at the same time. Another benefit is the good posture that comes from this as well. 
  • A walk is great for releasing tension which many times is in your shoulders. Relax your shoulders and breath. 

The stride of your walk matters

Typically you would like long fast strides are the key to getting that heart rate up and making walking useful. Not the case though if you are walking for exercise consider shortening your stride. What it does is lessen the stress on your hips, joints, and knees. A quick walk into a store or even just a typical distance does not matter, but for exercise let the bodywork with support. So, on that next walk just be conscious of your walking stride and see if you can tell a difference. 

Your Arms Get a Workout Too

Walking uses a lot of muscles but your arms are normally not affected too much. You can include some very, very small weights to walk with like two water bottles. The key here is to include them by holding them at 90-degrees and swing them with your stride. This will activate them and help get that blood flowing. 

Shoes Can Make All The Difference

This article is focused on using walking as exercise and not having pain as the result. Your shoes play a major factor in this. Find a shoe that has the right padding, support, and most of all fit will make a huge difference. Before you take them on a long walk maybe wear them around the house for a day to break them in. From there consider going on a long walk and seeing the outcome if they are perfect then you have your new pair of walking shoes. 

Our goal here is to make sure you can manage any chronic pain you may have and also prevent any future pain is possible. If you have any questions on walking for health and preventing pain please feel free to contact us today or even give us a direct call at any of our three locations (LaGrange, Newnan). 

Spinal Cord Stimulation Benefits

Spine pain can be a crippling and debilitating condition that prevents you from enjoying the things you love in life. Whether you like to golf, go boating, hiking, surfing or some other activity you may find these activities impossible with uncontrolled spine pain. At Georgia Spine and Pain, we understand how important an active lifestyle is to your overall mental and physical well-being, we will leave no stone unturned to help you overcome this pain and live the life you want and deserve. Which is why we are proud to offer Spinal Cord Stimulation treatment at our Newnan, Peachtree City, and LaGrange locations.

How Spinal Cord Stimulation Works

Spinal cord stimulation uses low intensity electrical signals to block the transmission of pain from your spinal column to your brain. How does the procedure work? Typically, a needle is used to implant a small device near your spine. Following this step, a small incision is made in the upper part of the buttock and the pulse generator is put in place. The pulse device delivers the electrical signals that stop pain transmission. The advantage of this technique is that it puts you, the patient, in control you can turn the current on or off and adjust the intensity of the signal. Some devices cause what is described as a pleasant tingling sensation while with others you may feel nothing at all, but that doesn’t mean it is not working!1

Spinal Cord Stimulation Devices

Newer devices are fully implantable and can be recharged through the skin, no need for additional surgical procedures! You can discuss with your Doctor as to which type of device and procedure would be best in your particular situation. Now it should be noted that Spinal Cord Stimulation is not for everyone and is not the first choice for back pain treatment. However, for those who have had unsuccessful back surgeries or adverse reactions to various pain medications it is certainly an option that should be considered.2 Don’t let back pain keep you from enjoying life, call Georgia Spine and Pain today and let us help get you back on your feet!

 

Behavioral Health Benefits

You may have heard the terms “mental health” and “behavioral health” used interchangeably but there is actually a difference between the two. Mental health focuses on a number of factors that influence your emotional well-being, including your biology, psychological state, personal habits and more.

What is Behavioral Health

Behavioral health, on the other hand, is a sub discipline within the broader category of mental health. Behavioral health focuses on your habits and how they impact your overall physical and mental state. For example, compulsive eating, substance abuse, gambling, and sex addiction are all examples of behavioral health problems. Therefore, behavioral health therapy is an effort to change unhealthy habits and patterns in order to correct these underlying issues.

How GA Pain and Spine uses Behavioral Health for Their Patients

At Georgia Pain and Spine Care’s Newnan, LaGrange and Peachtree City locations we utilize state of the art cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to treat the underlying causes of addiction and help you make the change you need and want to make. CBT is a scientific approach that is based on developing a close and collaborative relationship between the therapist and the patient. CBT therapists focus on the way that a person’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors contribute to their total health (often negatively) and seeks to affect positive and lasting change. For example, one of our therapists, Dr. Dan Kirschenbaum has written a new book that talk about how behavioral therapy can help you change your eating habits and live a healthier life. When you come to Georgia Pain and Spine you get the best state of the art care in all dimensions of your life working with noted experts like Dr. Kirschenbaum.

How Does it Benefit Pain Treatment and More

Georgia Pain and Spine’s behavioral health programs help you manage and reduce both physical and emotional pain so that you can live a happier, more fulfilling life. Our experts are well versed in all the latest therapeutic approaches including dissociation (distraction, focusing on an alternative), progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, and self-regulatory training. We also help you combat emotional pain and reduce stress using Rational Emotive Therapy, relaxation techniques, coping skills training, and work/life balance therapy.

If your suffering from an eating disorders or other behavioral health issues, please reach out to our expert staff at one of our three locations in Newnan, LaGrange or Peachtree City.