Walking Style and Memory

  • For individuals with chronic pain - look at their gait, does it appear they are happy or upset?
  • take a note of patients who are not responding who tend to have a negative outlook on their condition, what is their gait like?
  • tell patients to go for a walk regularly to "re-charge" like a cell phone/tablet
  • the walk should be regular, for 15-20 minutes, and in a place that is not associated with work/stress like around the office or just around the house
  • they can also listen to their favorite music and make sure to coach them to walk upright and think positively
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