Walking has many health benefits including reducing stress and making people feel happy! As a physiotherapist, striving to help patients reach optimal health it’s encouraging to see people walking to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. May is National Physiotherapy Month in Canada, As a profession, we celebrate because “physio helps lives.” Berton Physiotherapy & Chiropractic is putting extra effort into encouraging people to walk.
Who is Celebrating in May?
Our colleagues in the mental health profession are also celebrating because the first week of May is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Annual Canadian Mental Health Week. The Windsor Essex Branch of CMHA is encouraging people to join their Sole Focus Project by painting the soles of their shoes blue when walking in support of mental health. In fact, Caesars Windsor and The City of Windsor, partners of the Sole Focus Project, kicked off their weekly Walking Wednesdays on May 3rd. The CMHA along with the general public joined them as they walked along Windsor’s scenic waterfront trail.
What We Are Doing to Celebrate?
Every Wednesday during the Spring and Summer employees from Caesars Windsor and The City of Windsor meet at Charles Clark Square during their lunch hours and go for a walk to promote health and wellness. Groups leave for walks at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. Berton Physiotherapy & Chiropractic encourages you to join them.
It Doesn’t Have to Be at the Waterfront and it doesn’t have to be on Wednesday!
In addition to the beautiful waterfront trail in downtown Windsor, there are lots of places to walk and it doesn’t have to be just on Wednesday. Take advantage of parks and trails around Windsor Essex and walk several times a week. A stroll through your neighbourhood is great too.
Going for walks with our kids and Boss, our Chihuahua is something we enjoy and do often right in our own neighbourhood. Occasionally, we’ll drive to some of our favourite walking trails which include the Ganatchio Trail and Ojibway Park.
What Does Walking Do For You?
As mentioned, walking reduces stress and makes you feel happy and we can tell you from personal experience it’s true. From a professional standpoint, studies show walking reduces stress and boosts people’s mood because the body releases endorphins. Of course, many more benefits of walking have been documented. These include better quality sleep, weight loss, reduced blood pressure and a stronger heart. Also, you will feel more energized from increased blood and oxygen flow, experience a decreased risk of dementia and improve balance reducing the risk of falls. Finally, walking improves bone density reducing the risk of osteoporosis, and many more conditions.
Berton Physiotherapy & Chiropractic has helped many of our patients get on a regular walking program. In fact, some patients were experiencing issues including knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and other conditions that discouraged them from walking.
A common complaint we hear is walking causes foot pain. If you’re experiencing burning or sharp heel or arch pain with walking you may be suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. It’s important to wear sandals or shoes with proper arch support or orthotics and stretch those calf muscles (back of the leg).
Before taking on a walking program, especially if you have health issues, consult with your physician or health professional. Please contact us to book an appointment and we will be happy to help you with any pain you’re experiencing so you can get those feet moving.
Call Berton Physiotherapy & Chiropractic at 519-966-8200