Walking sticks are not only for disabled or aged people

| Tuesday, December 6, 2011
By Andrew Jackson

A walking stick is a device utilised by many of us to aid balancing while walking.

Walking sticks come in several sizes and styles and can be sought after by collectors called a Rabologist. Some types of walking stick may be employed by people with an incapacity, for example a crutch. This could be a young person with a disability that hurts their capability to walk un-aided or an elderly people need to have help whilst walking.

The 2 most important factors when picking a walking stick to be used are height and which side the walking stick is going to be used. This is vital to guarantee the person maintains a solid and steady gait while using one. Regularly a walking stick is used to the opposite side of a person's weakest leg. For instance if a person had difficulty with their right leg the walking stick should be used with the left arm. The height also has to be taken in consideration as it is foolish for someone to walk in a bent over or crocked position and advice from a physiotherapist is advocated.

Walking sticks also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles or hiking sticks which are utilised by hikers for a wide variety of purposes: to clear spider webs or part thick bushes or grass obscuring the trail; as a support when going uphill or a brake when sliding downhill; as a tipping point when crossing streams, swamps or other rough terrain; to feel for difficulties in the path; to check mud and puddles for depth; and as a defence against wild animals. A walking stick can be improvised from nearby felled wood. More baroque sticks are made for zealous walkers, and are sometimes embellished with small knick-knacks or medallions showing "conquered" territory. Wood walking sticks are utilized for outdoor sports, healthy chest and shoulders exercise and even club, dept and family commemoratives. They can be individually hand made from several woods, and could be customized in some ways for the owner.

Walking sticks originated around the 17th or 18th century, a robust stiff stick usurped from the epee as an indispensable part of the EU gentleman's wardrobe, used primarily as a walking stick. In addition to its value as a ornamental accessory, it also continued to fulfil some of the action of the sword as a weapon. The standard cane was rattan with a rounded metal grip the bottom rubber stop is called a ferrule.

As you can envisage a walking stick is not just utilized by people with a disability or the elderly but also by collectors,.

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