Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. However, our back sometimes develops deformed curves such as kyphosis, scoliosis, and lordosis. Children are commonly affected with posture problems.
Gait is the pattern of how a person walks. Many different types of walking abnormalities are produced unconsciously. Most, but not all, are due to some physical condition. The most common type of gait abnormalities is such as in-toeing out-toeing, limping and toe walking.
The goal of orthotics is to correct and prevent the curve from progressing. A good posture comes from proper rehabilitation and exercise which helps to target certain muscle groups to function properly. Orthotics and exercise has been proven to be an effective method to prevent curve from getting worst.
For children with idiopathic scoliosis, who require Boston braces, an exercise program helps chest mobility, muscle strength, proper breathing flexibility in the spine, correct posture and keeps muscles in tone. Exercises are specifically designed and proposed in order to reach definite goals during different phases of treatment.
Orthotics and stability shoes can make walking easier and correct gait and stride problems. This also applies to children who suffer from flat foot and pronated feet. However at the same time, a proper gait education is needed to improve the patient condition.
Gait education is the process of training a child to walk. Once a child establishes a walking pattern, gait training can also improve the child’s walking abilities, with or without the aid of another individual or assistive device. In this process, our therapist will guide the patient to walk with proper heel strike and using proper walking pattern.