FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO JOINT PAIN

  1. Poor Conditioning
  2. Excess Bodyweight
  3. Smoking
  4. Poor Body Mechanics
  5. Muscle Imbalances
  6. Aging/Osteoarthritis
  7. Loss of Structural Integrity

SILVER STARS CAN HELP!

BENEFITS OF BACKWARD WALKING

  1. Reduced Shear Force On The Knees: Since the direction of knee joint shear force is reversed, backward walking may help anyone who experiences pain going up and down stairs or hills, or anyone has pain when performing lunges or squats with proper form.
  2. Increased Energy Expenditure: Electromyographical muscle activity of the lower extremities appears to be greater in backward versus forward walking, which suggests that you expend more energy in a shorter period of time, at a similar pace. Backward walking can also improve your balance and sharpen your thinking skills.
  3. Valid Training Option For Those With Hamstring Strain: Since the overall range of motion at the hip joint is reduced in backward walking (i.e. greater hip flexion and lesser extension), those clients who are recovering from a strained or pulled hamstring, who lack flexibility in the hamstrings and low back, or who need to return to their sport may benefit from a period of backward walking or jogging.
  4. Low Back Relief: Walking backwards eliminates the typical heel-strike to the ground ( the toe contacts the ground first) it can lead to changes in pelvic alignment that help open up the facet joints in your spine potentially alleviating pressure that may cause low back pain in some people.