Dawn MacConkey


Summary: Poor posture is not thought of as an injury or health problem. However, over time, the dysfunction can lead to degeneration and its net effect can be as damaging as an injury. When the occlusion is malaligned, a compensating effect takes place through the postural chain and the body must adjust. This can often affect the work of dental professionals, possibly causing a failure in their procedures if not addressed. Early postural screening by a physical therapist can aid in the prevention of postural dysfunctions. Physical therapists should be an integral part of the program for dental professionals.