As the Boomer generation ages, they want to maintain a high level of activity and quality of life. But they are often challenged to find safe exercises that will build fitness without tearing up their bodies.

In examining dozens of patients, I’ve found many suffering the effects of stress, including improper exercise, traumatic injury, sprains, strains or simply degradation due to the aging process. This can lead to improper gait, a condition that makes exercise and even simple movements inefficient and increases risks for further injury.

When the human body is healthy, there is a systematic rhythm to a person’s gait. The opposing arm swings naturally forward when a step is taken by either the right or left foot. This involuntary movement is controlled by an autonomic nervous system with the entire body operating as a unified muscle mass in a tension/relaxation cycle.

When normal gait is interrupted by stress, the stress on the autonomic nervous system causes the body to develop involuntary movement patterns during walking. This results in an asynchronous gait, which produces torquing of one side of the body vis-a-vis the opposing side. What was normally an effortless involuntary function becomes a labor intensive, exhausting effort.

When the body adapts to stress, (general adaptation syndrome), people
experience a number of problems. Greatly accelerated wear and tear on the body and poor posture, which results from involuntary compensation for pain, is manifested in unequal muscle length and tensile strength throughout the muscular skeletal system. The abnormal torquing, and the multiple compensations a person substitutes for her/his normal rhythmic gait, adversely affects joints, spinal flexibility and overall health.

Boomers want to continue an active lifestyle, whether it’s playing golf or chasing their grand kids. They are looking for safe, low-impact ways to exercise. Unfortunately, improper gait can make even easy exercises inefficient and tiring. But when we correct gait problems, patients see immediate results.

To help patients correct improper gait, I developed the Chi Rope, a set of exercise handles that combine sound, weight, magnetism and vibration to enhance the body’s homeostasis (balance). The system can be used with or without an interconnected jump rope for walking, jumping rope or in conjunction with a daily regiment of movements. Patients use them while doing Pilates, yoga and running.

Correcting improper gait is a key to helping people maintain vitality as they get older. By restoring balance and proper movement, people can get the most benefit out of whatever exercise they choose and stay active, healthy and happy as they age.

Dr. John L. Lombardozzi is an expert in functional health and inventor of The Chi Rope, a patented exercise device to help improve balance and energy and correct uneven gait associated with pain, stress and fatigue. A lifelong athlete and inventor, Dr. Lombardozzi studied yoga, Pilates and martial arts while building custom motorcycles. Following a back injury, he became a chiropractic physician specializing in kinesiology and biomechanical movement. Dr. Lombardozzi earned a degree from Life Chiropractic College and has practiced chiropractic medicine for 14 years.
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