What is Mobility?
I saw someone write Mobility is a means to an end, and I believe this is truly an excellent way to think of it.
What is Mobility? Do you ask yourself this question?
Mobility may be different from what you are thinking.
Is this what you thought – What is Mobility?
Whether it is getting from point A to point B or merely getting in and out of the bath.
It seems to me to cover a lot of areas I didn’t imagine before.
The definition of mobility “is the ability to move or be moved freely and easily.”
I think and believe if you break a leg, then this will affect your Mobility.
It will be necessary to go to a medical doctor and firstly have the leg xrayed and back again to the doctor and having a plaster cast applied.
Then you will need to be fitted for crutches and use them for ba prescribed time until the leg heals.
Most people like I did thought it meant just transport between points.
Wikipedia has an interesting article on Mobility. You can read it here.
Common Injuries Affecting Mobility
Many injuries can affect our Mobility.
Here I will not be talking about Illnesses as we age or disability.
Broken bones in various parts of the body can cause problems associated with Mobility.
Even a broken finger may stop us from opening a bottle of water.
You will find access to the contents and, therefore, can match the definition of Mobility.
Other injuries can include:
- Broken Ankle
- Broken Shoulder
- Broken Arm
- Fractured or Broken Rib
- Broken Hip
- Broken Wrist
- Broken Collar Bone
- Fractured Nose
I can attest to two of these.
I fractured my nose as a child by having a 5 point landing off my bicycle when I was about 8.
Around four months ago, I had a fall out of bed and fractured a rib—something I don’t wish on anyone.
More Serious Condition Affecting Mobility
These conditions, in my opinion, include the following:
- The Aging Process
- Spinal Injuries
- Lack of Exercise
- Cardiac Problems
- Arthritic Conditions
- Neurological Problems
I am sure there are others, but I am not medically qualified to comment.
There will be no Medical or Financial advice as I am not qualified in these fields.
How Does Exercise Affect Mobility?
I have found over the past two years that walking has been of great benefit to me.
What I did was to start at a moderate length with no hills and gradually increase it every seven days.
Naturally, I was acting on the advice of my doctor.
If intending to begin exercising, you must discuss it with a qualified medical person before you start.
I spent many years of my life leading a sedentary lifestyle with a lot of smoking.
It is apparent I am now paying for these many bad habits.
Exercises You Can Do
I believe there are many exercises a person in reasonable health can do.
As I mentioned above, I began to walk after a lifetime of inactivity.
What happened is that I was walking around 4 Kilometers a day, seven days a week.
It meant a steady weight loss and a reduction in the amount of insulin I needed to control my diabetes.
Unfortunately, after about six months, I started suffering from angina, which was the result of a heart attack I experienced 13 years ago, which followed 47 years of smoking. I haven’t had a cigarette for 13 years now, but last year I found out, I have a 55% blockage in my heart.
The cardiologists aren’t worried about this, and I am starting to walk again.
With the help of a Physiotherapist, you will be able to exercise for some common problems, which will improve your Mobility.
- Mobility Exercises for the Hip
- Mobility Exercises for the Back
- Mobility Exercises for the Knee
- Mobility Exercises for the Ankle
- Mobility Exercises for the Shoulder
- Mobility Exercises for the Elbow
This site is mainly for the older person or disabled.
I feel there is still a lot to be learned from athletes and runners.
The correct ways to warm up with stretches, as well as other exercises will be of benefit to all.
For further advice on this, I refer you to this website.
This link will take you to GMB Fitness TM.
I am sure all of you will find something interesting on their website.
How To Get Around if You Are Elderly, Disabled or Injured
You must seek medical guidance on the best way you can get around now that you are Elderly or Disabled.
Should you be injured or recovering from surgery and your Mobility is affected, your medical doctors or physiotherapists should once again guide you.
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In many places you will be able to find different scooters and walking sticks and other mobility devices to choose from.
- Walking Sticks
- Walking Canes
- Knee Walkers
- Rolling Walkers
- Mobility Scooters
Many suppliers are able to provide a range of models in all the above.
You are also able to get them from many sources.
Personally, I have 2 walking sticks, 1 rollator, and 1 mobility scooter so I have plenty of experience with these items.
Other Things to Help Your Mobility
There are a lot of things available to you to improve your Mobility in your daily living.
These things are to help you with your mobility in and around your home.
- Transfer benches for you to get in and out of your shower or bath
- Grab rails to provide safety in different places in your home.
- Special chairs in your living room controlled by electricity to assist you in standing up.
- Adaptive cutlery and plates to help with your eating
- Various items to help in your bedroom
- Special gardening tools so you can enjoy gardening again
- Handles etc. to help you open car doors
- Items to place on your car seats so you will find it much easier to turn around when getting in or out of your car.
- Many things to help you with dressing from shoe horns to button hooks.
These are only a few of the things available and they will be covered in later articles.
You will be very surprised at the low cost of a lot of these items.
What is Mobility?
I believe you will know by now.
How can you improve your Mobility?
I think we have covered this. (Further articles will address the different Mobility Devices in more detail)
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