We’ve had several clients ask us about the benefits of Nordic Poles, and when used correctly Nordic Poles can be an excellent aid to your exercise routine.
What are Nordic Poles?
These specially designed poles have wrist straps or half gloves that allow you to release the pole at each stride, executing the proper Nordic walking technique.
The benefits of Nordic walking are immense
Activation of the arms
Nordic Walking helps tone the upper body while relieving strain on the knees, hips and ankles.
Full Range of Motion
The poles assist with working the arms, shoulders, upper chest and back muscles through a full range of motion, stretching and lengthening the muscles to loosen up the tightness.
The poles also create stability on rocky or uneven surfaces allowing a steady and well-paced walk to occur (and are a lot less aging than a cane!).
In addition to stability, the motion from the poles corrects the “hunching forward” position that many people adopt while working at desks or through leisurely activities.
One note of caution:
We have treated a number of people for shoulder tendonitis associated with using Nordic poles. Mechanically we believe such aggravation is caused by raising the arm and pole too high in front in preparation for planting it. Don’t go too high and happy walking!
Life Force Physio is a local physiotherapy clinic serving Etobicoke and Mississauga (Toronto). Our team of Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists and Kinesiologists is passionate in their level of care, and believes better health is an achievable goal for everyone. We run a Physiotherapist Supervised Gym designed to support your healing, rehabilitation and ongoing fitness safely and at your pace. Located at Burnhamthorpe Rd and The West Mall. Call us at 416 207 9395