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Walking / Hiking Program

The Doylestown Sports Medicine Center comprehensive Walking and Hiking Program can assist you in developing the physical platform required for walking and hiking.

Develop the Physical Platform Required for Walking and Hiking

Doylestown Sports Medicine Center has developed a comprehensive walking and hiking program with the objectives of:

  • Assisting the novice walker/hiker in the initiation of a walking/hiking program.

  • Assisting the walker or hiker in decreasing their incidence of injury.

  • Assisting the walker or hiker in improving their walking/hiking economy, i.e. Performance efficiency.

  • Assisting the injured walker or hiker in returning to their pre-injury level of walking or hiking. 

How the Walking / Hiking Analysis Works

1. The Evaluation

DSMC's program begins with a complete neuromusculoskeletal physical therapy evaluation. The evaluation assesses the specific neuromuscular requirements of walking/hiking.  A comprehensive review of patient history and training history is then completed.. Followed by and assessment of range of motion, strength, flexibility and stability required of the body to walk or hike efficiently and effectively are assessed.

DSMC's program begins with a complete neuromusculoskeletal physical therapy evaluation. The evaluation assesses the specific neuromuscular requirements of walking/hiking.  A comprehensive review of patient history and training history is then completed.. Followed by and assessment of range of motion, strength, flexibility and stability required of the body to walk or hike efficiently and effectively are assessed.

A complete biomechanical walking and hiking analysis can also be performed to learn "How" you walk/hike. See our Walking/Hiking Analysis Page.

2. The Plan

From the evaluation an individualized program is developed with the walker or hiker based upon their specific needs and goals.

Need to Learn How To:​

  • ​Build strength to improve performance? We can help!

  • Gain flexibility to walk or hike more efficiently? We can help!

  • Improve stability to stop and prevent nagging injuries? We can help!

  • Learn your effective walking and form? We can help!

  • Got troubles with ascending or descending hills or mountains? We can help!

3. Treatment

Deficits in posture, range of motion, strength, joint mobility/stability and core stability are addressed through physical therapy interventions to restore the neuromuscular and biomechanical requirements of walking or hiking.

Form drills are then implemented to address the individual’s walking or hiking impairments.

Finally, a systematic and progressive transition to the walking / hiking program is initiated for the novice and injured runner. The program allows for the moderation of mechanical stress loaded into the body.

Want Help Deciding if DSMC is Right For You?

*Note: there is no treatment given at one of our taster sessions. It’s for you to ask us more questions and for us to confirm whether or not we think we can help you.

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