Researchers report that patients, specifically the elderly, with chronic lower back pain are scared of movement, that they actually walk more slowly for fear of injury and falling! (1,2) Now, Vancouver Disc Centers doesn't want our patients to be slowed down by fear or lower back pain! Let us help. Vancouver Disc Centers's chiropractic care combined with some easy balance-building exercises help make our patients feel more stable and confident!
Slowed walking speed in older adults with chronic lower back pain often leads to less independence and capacity. (1) We know how vital independence is to Vancouver older folks. They want to be on their own!
So, have your family member or yourself try an easy proprioception and balance exercise physical therapy routine after we talk at our next chiropractic visit, of course! The simplest 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 be in a hurry. Move at your own pace. Keep your eyes open. Don't do anything that makes you uncomfortable. This is not a race. It's your life, your gait, your independence.
Fear slows or stops the best of us every now and then. Fear of injury or fear of pain is a big motivator to dodge what could hurt us. But controlling your lower back pain in Vancouver with our gentle chiropractic care and building your sense of balance will get you out moving again. We look forward to your advancement toward being more balanced and walking more confidently. Contact Vancouver Disc Centers today.
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