Recovering from Neck Pain

Relieve Chronic Back, Knee And Hip Pain With Orthotics, Chiropractic And Gentle Stretching Techniques

by Janet Burns

When you walk, the way your feet hit the ground has an effect on your hips, back and knees. If your feet are not properly supported, you may experience pain in these areas. Your feet may not even hurt, but an abnormal walking gait can wreak havoc on the rest of your body. With the use of orthotics, chiropractic treatment and gentle stretching techniques, you can alleviate chronic pain and restore your body to alignment.

Orthotics for Back, Knee and Hip Pain

Orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes that provide your feet with the right support. To get professional orthotics, you go to a foot doctor and tell them that you are experiencing pain that you believe is related to the way you are walking. A podiatrist will assess your gait, and look at your feet to see if orthotics are necessary. Once your feet are properly supported, you will see improvements in your overall pain.

Chiropractic Treatments Will Help Restore Alignment

Your back, knee and hips hurt because they are out of alignment. Once you have addressed the need for orthotics, you can further supplement your treatment by visiting with a chiropractor. The doctor will look at how you walk and how your spine and legs are aligned. They may check your feet as well. With the use of manipulation techniques, ultrasound, hot and cold therapies, and massage, the chiropractor will help restore the alignment in your spine, knees, hips, and ankles. With your new orthotics and chiropractic treatments, you are on your way to reducing your chronic pain.

Gentle Stretching Techniques

Whether you learn gentle stretching techniques from a book, online, or a physical therapist, learning how to properly stretch your body is essential to relieve chronic pain. As you begin to walk more normally using your orthotics, you will need to gently stretch your low back, knees and hips on a regular basis to ensure that they are flexible and supple. Good stretching techniques will allow you more mobility and help prevent injuries. 

Other ways to alleviate chronic pain include:

  • exercise that isn't weight bearing such as swimming.
  • medications to reduce inflammation.
  • dietary changes to avoid food that can cause inflammation.
  • daily meditation to reduce stress.
  • participation in a gentle yoga class.

If you are suffering from chronic pain in your knees, hips or back and you suspect that your feet are the culprit, consult with a foot doctor today. For more information, contact a company like Kelowna Podiatry Group.