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Be Prepared With What Is Available

By Tom Herrin

Many times, when people think about being better prepared for some kind of unexpected situation, they seem to feel the need to go out and purchase something.  While this could be the case, it is also possible that whatever they need is right there in their homes.  Many people have injuries, or some other condition, which requires them to use some kind of walking aid.  It may not be major, but when someone has one of those bad sprains or bruises, the use of a walking aid may seem like a life-saver.  Many people already have something in their homes and learning to use them correctly can make the difference.

There Are Quite a Few Types of Walking Aids

When someone hears the mention of a walking aid, it is likely that they have a picture that appears in their mind.  The sight of an older individual teetering around using a cane may be etched in a few memories.  It is true that a cane is often used by those with some minor balance issues, but it can also be used by younger people who may be on the mend from some kind of injury.  

Another pretty familiar sight is someone on a pair of crutches.  They are used, primarily,when people want to keep weight off of an injured part as a means of moving efficiently.  

The last type of device is a walker.  It seems that there are many varieties on the market today.  They range anywhere from those with rollers to those that allow people to stand upright as they use them.

A Cane Is Very Portable

One of the good things about using a cane is that it can be easily taken just about anywhere.  It is generally lightweight.  It is a good means of steadying someone who has some limited balance problems.  It is also a good device for those who are ready to begin to place a light amount of weight on a previously injured part.  Using the cane to share the weight, the individual can take a step with the cane on the opposite side from the injured part acting in coordination.  The next step is with the good part.  This can be a good way to gradually work up to putting full weight back on the part.

Preparation and Knowledge Go Hand-in-Hand

Using what we have in our homes is the best way to plan.  If we have some kind of walking aid, we would be wise to teach each family member how to use it correctly.  If we do that, we will be ahead of the game if the time comes in which we need to use it.  Combining this with spending some time doing a safety check of our home may be one of the best ways we can prepare.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Redlands, Calif.

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