Getting older doesn't mean that you can't participate in the various activities that you love to do. It may mean that you just need a little bit more support while doing them though. There are numerous options when it comes to supporting your body, the most common would be canes and walking sticks, or walkers.
Roughly 6.8 million Americans utilize mobility assistive devices such as canes. Yet, what is the deciding factor that guides a person to one assistive device over another? Some people choose the first thing they think of, but you should consider what is best for you. Here is a quick walk-through on how to decide between a walker or a walking stick.
Up and Moving
The first question you should ask yourself is, "which would improve mobility?" Often, this can be either device but some may work better than others. Think about daily activities that you might need assistance with, such as getting out of bed or a seated position, walking, and other movements.
The primary benefit you want to receive from your assistive device is the aid it provides in correcting your posture. Even though hunching over might be the most comfortable position, it will ultimately lead to more harm than good. Unfortunately, walkers tend to encourage a hunched position, which will increase your dependency on your device as well. So, when it comes to getting your back straight and keeping your posture in a natural and healthy position, canes and walking sticks are the best options. However, you should concentrate on keeping your back straight and core muscles activated to promote a healthy posture.
So, Which One Should I Use?
In most situations, a cane or walking stick is the better solution, especially if you want to retain your mobility and have the support to do so. Tall walking sticks will keep your arms out in front of you, which will help prevent you from hunching over. You may even consider using two walking sticks to add additional support while keeping your back in a healthy position.
While this guide might help you, it in no way claims that canes and walking sticks are the right choices for everyone. You should consider your needs very carefully and consult with your physician to find the best assistive device for you.
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