Proper balance is extremely important, from the feet up. If a person has a deficit in the way they walk, or stand, it can greatly affect their ankles, knees, feet, hips, low back, shoulders and neck. One of the things that Dr. Andrea does is to check your posture. Dr. Andrea is looking to see if any extra stabilization such as orthotics can help the patient recover faster. Orthotics can also help patients maintain their adjustments longer.
The longer you maintain your adjustments, the less care you need in the office. For example, if a person walks with their toes flared out, and their feet rolled in, instead of pointing straight ahead where they are going, it will cause the knees to roll in and the hips to follow. Causing the knees and hips to adapt will cause the lumbar spine to compensate. When the lumbar spine compensates, it causes the muscles in the low back to work extra hard to support the body. Inevitably, that system will fail causing a lack of strength in the spinal core. In turn, that will lead to rounded shoulders and forward head tilt. At this point of imbalance, the body is prone to chronic headaches.
The foot bones connected to the leg bone, the leg bones connected to the knee bone. Remember that song? Well, although a fun song to teach children about their bodies, there is a lot of benefits to remembering, as an adult, that everything is, in fact, connected, and an imbalance affects the entire system. A flaw in your skeletal structure and support will, eventually, lead to all sorts of other issues. Having improper support from your feet can, eventually, work its way up your legs, torso and neck. As many know, chiropractic issues in the neck can cause severe headaches, pain in your spine, and even other body ailments. Dr. Andrea recommends orthotics designed to help balance any deficits, allowing your posture to improve. Paying attention to, and correcting these imbalances, will help your chiropractic adjustments be more effective, and hold longer.