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Step Into Nordic Walking for Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Allied Health, HealthcareNordic walking is a new low impact workout perfect for any fitness level. The sport has been popular in Australia, Canada and throughout Europe for a while. It's becoming more prominent in the US and is getting attention from physical therapy providers.

The History of Nordic Walking

Nordic walking is a new low impact workout perfect for any fitness level. The sport has been popular in Australia, Canada and throughout Europe for a while. It's becoming more prominent in the US and is getting attention from physical therapy providers.

The History of Nordic Walking

Nordic walking as a sport evolved in the early 20th century as a training technique used by cross country skiers to stay fit in the off-season. Per the Nordic Academy in Australia "In 1985 an American cross country skier... Tom Rutlin combined fitness walking with a variation of his ski poles to invent what he called the 'Exerstrider' technique."

Benefits of Nordic Walking for PT

Studies are proving that Nordic Walking as physical therapy creates remarkable results for patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease. It's also been proven effective to increase aerobic capacity and muscle strength in the elderly; making it a valuable tool for PT professionals who work with our elders.

The Nordic Academy says Poling offers fitness benefits significantly greater than regular walking, with scientific research proving the sport:

  • Activates 90% of the body's muscles
  • Burns more calories
  • Increases aerobic effect, up to 25%
  • Decreases lower body and back strain
  • Develops core stability
  • Promotes correct posture

Another key benefit of Nordic Walking as PT is the opportunity for patients to get outside and enjoy the environment. Enthusiasts can choose to go Poling in groups, or enjoy nature in solitude. City dwellers can go Urban Poling too.

Few PT methods offer this sort of variety for patients. It can give clients a feeling of control over their health, being able to choose the setting for their session. Fresh settings and variety mean that patients will have a positive feeling about their PT. We all know that exercise becomes less of a chore when you have a really good time.

Equipment is Affordable

Let's face it, PT equipment isn't cheap. Poles for Nordic Walking are available ranging from $69 through $150, making them some of the more affordable items in your Physical Therapy office. Many types are adjustable and can fit adult users up to 6'2 with just a few adjustments.

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