Optimal Core Alignment
A founding principle of Custom Orthotic Solutions
by Melanie Carlone, DPT
Optimal Core Alignment is the state of human anatomy in which there is least effort and most efficiency because structures are aligned the way they are designed to be. When bones are aligned, they glide over each other following natural smooth curves and surfaces, without friction. This alignment allows cartilage to optimally lubricate the joint. Ligaments, holding bone to bone, tighten and relax allowing bones to move properly. Muscles can then pull and move us as they are designed to. When this alignment is lost for any reason like weakness, trauma, habit or genetics, changes occur in our bodies. These changes are often disabling and painful.
Arthritis and pain ensues as cartilage begin to wear away. Our “arth” (joints) become irritated by “itis” (inflammation), ligaments stretch or compress on poorly aligned joints, muscles strain to move bones that are askew. The system begins to break down and has to accommodate to function as best it can.
Muscles work most efficiently when they are moving in unison with aligned joints (and not in strain against joints that are not properly lined up). Our muscles allow us to move with gravity, to pull our frame into action during our lifetime. New studies reveal optimal alignment and foot muscle action is responsible for thrusting 2-30 ml of used up blood back up the legs with each healthy step be re-oxygenated and replenished and this can have life altering positive benefits for our clients.Mel corrected