In this "Medical Minute," reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr Ford Vox talk about the Nordic import of pole walking, also known as polestriding.
Buress and Vox talk about how the activity changes the way you walk and the growing body of research that says it's beneficial for a variety of medical conditions, ranging from simple arthritis to peripheral artery disease, and even Parkinson's disease.
For More Information:
- Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation: "Does Nordic Walking restore the temporal organization of gait variability in Parkinson's disease?"
- Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "Polestriding Intervention Improves Gait and Axial Symptoms in Mild to Moderate Parkinson Disease"
- Disability and Rehabilitation: "Nordic pole walking improves walking capacity in patients with intermittent claudication: a randomized controlled trial"
- PLoS One: "Exploring Muscle Activation during Nordic Walking: A Comparison between Conventional and Uphill Walking"