Postural alignment could be classified under upper body and lower body. Many would believe that the upper body affects the human body more than the lower body. However, it can be argued that often, the lower body will have a bigger and long lasting impact compared to the upper body.
For upper body alignment, it could mean the cervical or neck area extending to the thoracic area. That could easily mean the orthopaedic description of C1 to T4. If the upper body postural alignment is not good, it would affect the head, neck and upper body above T4.
For lower body alignment, it would mean the remaining thoracic areas from T4 to lumbar, pelvis or sacral and then covering the upper leg and lower foot area. The lower body postural alignment would impact the lower body area as well as the upper body area. That means lower body mis-alignment may have a greater impact than upper body mis-alignment. If left untreated, the lower biomechanical chain of reactions will affect the upper biomechanical alignment resulting in neck and shoulder aching and pain.
For someone with lower back pain, shoulder aches, weak knees, bad walking posture, walk funny, this information would be extremely important for you.
Optimal postural alignment is vital in counteracting the constant gravitational forces opposing the body. When the two are in balance, muscles are able to function with the least amount of work. That means that your muscles would be achieving high efficiency and low wastage of energy.
Less strain is placed on the muscles, ligaments and bones resulting in better performance and allocating excess energy for what is really important. Opposing the effect of gravity, the antigravity muscles help maintain an upright, balanced posture.
If left untreated, this ultimately leads to degeneration of joints and deformities such as a structural collapse in the foot.
Through the process of calibration and design, we ensure that the orthotic does not apply excessive force on the foot and overcorrect it but at the same time, provides sufficient support required to restore optimal foot posture. This factor can only be optimised with a Soft and Hard Feet Orthotics Lab.
Finding the correct type of density of shell material is a critical first step as most often, the retail mall and some labs believe that one type of shell material can fix all problems. With more education awareness, i believe that the customers will know that they deserve better services as well as a carefully selected range of material selections for their feet orthotics.
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