The Mechanics of Walking: Part 3
By Suzie Cummins of ‘Pilates and Functional Movement with Suzie’
Suzie has her own studio based here in Kenilworth and has been a 1-2-1 rehab pilates teacher for nearly 10 years but also specialises in combining this with teaching people how to walk correctly. She now focuses on using a 12 week walking programme to show people their postural and body movement issues.
PRONATION AND SUPINATION IN WALKING
If your feet are not ROLLING IN / ‘PRONATING’ or ROLLING OUT / ’SUPINATING’ correctly this may explain why you may have back pain/hip pain/been told you have weak glutes/ knee pain/neck issues etc.
These two foot movements allow your glutes to activate and your pelvis to rotate which is vital for walking.
Sometimes upper back pain and stiff shoulders can also be related to your feet! Your upper body rotates the opposite way to your pelvis and hips when walking and if you have issues from the contact point off the ground (your feet!) then the whole of your body is having to adjust and compensate for this.
Do you walk rotating your pelvis and rotating your upper back?
Do you walk with your arms staying straight and swinging by the sides of your body?
If your feet are not moving naturally from pronation to supination then probably not!
Walking is the movement we all do most of on a day to day basis so it needs to be done efficiently so as not to store up major issues or injuries in your body.
If you would like more information about the 12 week walking programme then either have a look on Suzie’s website – www.pilateswithsuzie.com – or contact her either by email via the website or on her mobile 07791407401.