A Rapid Review on Nordic Walking as a Novel Approach to Rehabilitation- Exercise or Sport?
Dr. Vishnurajeshwar Vardhan,
Meghdoot Apartment, Sawangi (M), Maharashtra, India.
Nordic Walking (NW) is an advanced walking technique that combines walking with the use of poles, to build core as well as upper body conditioning. This review was documented to focus on the literature regarding the use of NW in rehabilitation. A thorough search of articles from databases (PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Pedro, Cinhal, EBSCO) was conducted to identify randomised control trials done on NW. Ten randomised control trials were found and discussed in this review. The trials discussed the efficacy of NW on functional capacity, quality of life, gait patterns, balance strength, weight, ejection fraction, psychological parameters, and blood composition in various populations such as patients with Parkinson’s disease, elderly women, post menopausal women, lung transplants. The results of the study prove that NW can be used as a safe and efficient method of rehabilitating patients.