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The Connection Between Stress & Posture

It’s no surprise that maintaining good posture is essential for overall well-being. Dr. Cutsinger shares his insights into why good posture matters, the symptoms of poor posture, and the proactive steps individuals can take to improve their posture and manage stress daily.

The Importance of Proper Alignment

Small misalignments in the spine lead to abnormal joint wear and tear, which progresses slowly and may not be noticed until it has advanced to some degree, causing chronic pain and injury.

Think of our cars. If the front end of the car is out of alignment, the tires wear abnormally. It usually shows up in one front tire wearing out before the other. So when you correct the alignment of the car, that normalizes the way the tires hit the road. So they wear more normally and longer.

“The sooner you can detect and correct postural deviations, the easier it will be on your joints. They’ll last a lot longer before they begin to break down and wear out,” said Dr. Cutsinger.

Symptoms of Poor Posture

Many people with bad posture have middle back pain, and they may have an excessive backwards thoracic curve. Additionally, restricted range of motion, such as the inability to turn left or right, could be indicative of poor posture.

Proactive Steps to Improve Posture and Manage Stress

Drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of rest, and exercise are the basics of maintaining good health. Vigorous exercise is the best option, as it reduces mental stress. It also helps reduce the effects of stress hormones, which create compensatory changes, leading to altered posture and abnormal wear patterns.

Orthotics for Foot Health

As your feet are the foundation of your body, you want them to feel and function great. We offer orthotics, which are custom-made foot pads that help correct foot pronation and improve posture. Individuals interested in orthotics can set an appointment with Dr. Cutsinger to get a foot scan.

The computer scan is used to print a report showing how foot pronation affects posture. Then Dr. Cutsinger will send the report to the company that makes the custom orthotics, which are specific to each patient’s feet.

Take That First Step Toward Better Posture

If you’re interested in improving your posture, contact us today to book an appointment with Dr. Cutsinger. He’ll provide personalized solutions to help you!

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