Senior Tips: Using a Cane Correctly
Using a cane for mobility may become a necessity during ones life, but using it correctly is not as intuitive as you might think. Not using a cane correctly can not only be problematic, but can actually lead to other detrimental physical issues. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds to spot complications and misuse of a cane, but with the following tips and observations through the eyes of a kinesiologist, you or your loved one can master walking with a cane.
The average person may not see anything wrong with this picture, but through the eyes of a kinesiologist, these problem areas stand out;
What we see from top-down:
Looking Down - Top Heavy, can lead to Loss of Balance
Rounded Shoulders - Causes Compressed Chest for Breathing
Hips Tucked In -Can cause Glute Weakness
The good news is that there are strengthening exercises that can help greatly. One that we would recommend is;
Shoulder External Rotation
3 sets of 5-8 repetitions
promotes back extension
opens chest decreasing chest compression
increases strength in the shoulder joint
Notice this pattern in your everyday life? Please give Reneu Health Inc. a call!
We are a team of experienced clinical kinesiologists who specialize in preventive and rehabilitative exercise for seniors. We believe that aging is part of a beautiful journey and everyone deserves to live their best life. We understand that as our bodies get older, it doesn’t function the same. As some see this as a limitation, we see it as an opportunity. With the right mindset, knowledge, tools and support we help improve quality of life, slow the progression of certain conditions and help you take control of your health.
Call us today for a free consultation. San Diego 619.263.0329 or Orange County 949.245.6239.