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Improving Your Musculoskeletal Health... Starting With Your Feet

Emphasis on Posture

In the chiropractic literature and in a recent survey by GRD Bio Tech, Inc., posture is rated a very important factor contributing to overall well being. The following reasons were most frequently sited:

  • Natural self-healing improves
  • Adjustments are more effective
  • The body remains better aligned
  • The body adapts better to care

A number of published articles refer to the importance of the feet in supporting a stable pelvis and a stable body.

Dr. William Austin summarizes his article titled Orthotic Therapy: The Postural Imperative as follows:

“The integrity of the body’s pedal foundation has a direct impact on total musculoskeletal health. The closed kinetic relationship between the feet and the upper body structures can affect the effectiveness and longevity of chiropractic care and correction.

Flexible orthotic support normalizes foot structure and motion to provide a more stable base for the musculoskeletal complex. Even though the feet may not hurt, symptoms referred elsewhere in the body manifest as chronic pain or lack of performance in chiropractic adjustments.

Clinical studies and field research verify the value of orthotics in relieving pain and improving structural integrity. Flexible orthotics control pedal motion without restricting function and creating compensatory hyper mobility in other structures.”

In the survey, poor posture was most frequently blamed on 2:

1. Lack of exercise

2. Weak muscles

3. Obesity

4. Lack of body awareness

5. Excessive pronation of the feet

Historically, with the exception of high heels, footwear has rarely been linked to musculoskeletal problems. The foot connection clarifies and emphasizes this link.

2 In order of influence on poor posture on which more than 50% of survey respondents agreed. GRD Survey.

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