Gait and postural control are affected by aging, and in neurological, and musculoskeletal disorders. Poor gait and postural control are associated with disability, falls, increased morbidity and mortality; therefore representing major public health issues.
It’s time to realize the truth—many Canadians have bad posture. While this may not seem like a huge deal, poor posture can lead to back pain, joint degeneration, spinal dysfunction, and more complications. Most of us link poor posture to sitting at our desks, slouching, or bending over our phones. However, did you know that gait and posture have a connection as well? Often times it’s forgotten that a person is much more than just a bunch of body parts, at least when it comes to healthcare.
We break ourselves into specific parts where we feel the pain, instead of taking into consideration that we as a whole have a pattern of behaviours that might affect our overall health. This is often the case with diet and fitness, but also with gait and posture.
Improper body alignment can create postural problems. Many of us have bad habits while walking, such as keeping our heads down or slouching. These habits can put unnecessary strain on our bodies that can result in discomfort and poor posture.
The right gait can help you avoid postural problems, straining the body, and a sore or achy body as a result of poor posture. We not only have a full range of treatments but also, more especially, podiatric assessments by biomechanical gait analysis to diagnose the cause of problems.