Walking is entrenched in everything that we do, defines us for who we are and allows us to reach destinations that are important to us. The ability to walk has been associated with a higher quality of life because it allows us to complete activities of daily living, participate in social and economic pursuits, or is used to keep us healthy, facilitating a positive attitude and perception of our own health (Bechtold et al., 2021).
Physiotherapists are health professionals who are skilled in movement. They have insights into assessing the human walking pattern to then formulate strategies and interventions that suit your goals and priorities, whether it be to walk confidently after a joint surgery, be confident moving on your feet, learning how to use a walking aid or perhaps as part of a rehabilitation journey following a major life event.
Muscles are incredibly fascinating in what they do for us. There are different types of muscles. Some are involved in important body processes, such as digestion and circulating blood around our body, whereas the most common type is involved in creating and controlling movement, called skeletal muscles.
Skeletal muscles have an important bearing on our physical function because they produce movement at the joints, which then work collectively with our muscle groups to create the wide variety of movement that we depend on every day, such as standing up, walking and running. Making muscles strong and able to endure more work, as well as coordinating muscle groups to produce important movement patterns, are areas that physiotherapists are well-trained in to help improve aspects of one’s quality of life. Our physiotherapists provide a comprehensive assessment of the musculoskeletal system and your physical function to identify, formulate and create an individualised muscle strength and conditioning program using a variety of training methods and equipment, delivered at your home, at our clinics or via telehealth.
Bechtold, U.; Stauder, N.; Fieder, M. Let’s Walk It: Mobility and the Perceived Quality of Life in Older Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11515. https:// doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111515