As a physiotherapist striving to help patients reach optimal health it’s encouraging to see people walking to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. Walking has many health benefits including reducing stress and making people feel happy! May is National Physiotherapy Month in Canada, as a profession we celebrate because “physio helps lives,” and Berton Physiotherapy is putting extra effort into encouraging people to walk.
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.
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 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Berton Physiotherapy encourages you to join them.
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.
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 benefits of walking have been documented including sleeping better, weight loss, reduced blood pressure, stronger heart, feeling energized from increased blood and oxygen flow, decreased risk of dementia, improves balance reducing the risk of falls, improves bone density reducing the risk of osteoporosis, and many more.
Berton Physiotherapy and 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 or other conditions which 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 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