Custom orthotics help correct misalignment when used consistently by supporting your body’s proper alignment. Physical therapy can play a very important role in the recovery process. Physical therapy focuses on strengthening and stretching the surrounding muscles, while orthotics focuses on supporting these muscles.
Strengthening weak muscles ensures your body can more easily hold itself correctly. When your body is misaligned, it may be due to weak muscles that cannot keep the body in balance. Conversely, misalignment may cause the muscles to weaken due to disuse, and as they become weaker and weaker, the misalignment may worsen. Using an orthotic to support your body allows you to work on strengthening your muscles.
Stretching is also essential, as a misaligned body can cause tightness in muscles due to being poorly aligned. You’ll experience less pain and greater mobility by stretching out these muscles.
This ability to correct misalignment can be seen in those with scoliosis, who may be prescribed a brace to correct the curvature in their spine. Some of these custom orthotics even push against the irregular curve of the spine to fix it. In this way, the orthotic does more than support the joint; it actively works to correct the issue.