As you age, it is important to preserve your "walking speed," which is an indicator of your over all health. While walking speed varies according to gender, age, height, and weight, the normal range is 1.2 to 1.4 meters per second (2.7 to 3.1 miles per hour). When walking speed is 1 meter per second (about 2.2 miles per hour) or less, it may be a sign that some sort of treatment may be needed. To get the most accurate measurements of walking speed, it is best to visit a chiropractor, who can also assess the biomechanics of your gait. If necessary, walking speed can be improved by addressing any underlying problems associated with nerves, muscles, or bones.
A person's walking pace has been gaining traction in the gerontology world as a reliable marker for overall health and longevity for those 65 and older. A person's gait or way of walking can be telling. It can reveal problems in the feet, ankles, knees, and hips - even in spinal alignment.
To schedule an appointment for Chiropractic care or acupuncture, please call (860) 621-2225. Our practice is located at 200 Queen St., Southington. We combine skill and experience that truly spans the entire Chiropractic wellness spectrum.
P.S. Left untreated, decreased walking ability can lead to a vicious cycle of reduced physical activity and physical weakening that can have an adverse impact on health and longevity.