Uneven leg length can cause back pain

Uneven leg length can cause back pain

NeuroKinetic Therapy is a concise roadmap to the “why” of dysfunction.

Did you know leaning on one leg messes up your back and can shape your spine and create a functional scoliosis. What is a functional curving of the spine. If you were not born with a curvature of the spine but have one now the cause most likely are due to the following:

  • Injury
  • Poor posture
  • Body compensation patterns
  • Uneven leg length
  • Tight or spasmed muscles
  • Inflammation
  • Results from wear and tear on the discs and joints of the spine, is likely to cause back pain

A good clue you have a curve is when you favor one leg more than the other when you stand. All these factors combined can lead to different problems including an S-curve of the spine.

Similarly when your’re more pronated on one leg, it will cause a chain reaction of a collapsing of the knee which in turn drags your hip down. You end up experiencing pain in your neck, back, hips and you have no idea that all these problems are originating from your feet and various areas of your core.

Guess what there are solutions for you and you don’t have to wait until you are in pain.

If your hip and your feet are not communicating ( abs included ) they’re not going to want to work in synchronization to create a stable base for your torso, chest, upper back, neck, shoulders and head.

There are exercises out there that promote a fix but what if the core just cannot respond to strengthening because muscle function has been compromised you can make things worse by only strengthening the dysfunction instead of the core this then can lead to injury and pain.

Schedule a structural balance therapy today to get assessed and improve muscle function to help align the body and begin adapting it to respond to stabilization of the core and reduce or even eliminate these problems.

An ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Start improving posture and circulation at home with Cat/Cow pose

Today it’s a reality we deal with fast paced work and play environment and most of us do understand posture can suffer because of it. We all have felt the aches from poor posture so it can be a direct influence on how good we feel.

This doesn’t always mean we take the steps necessary to help improve posture and circulation because of being to busy or not knowing what to do.

Living with bad posture can lead to chronic pain. The muscle and ligament imbalances that result from poor alignment can lead to all sorts of problems:

  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Foot, knee, hip, and back injuries
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle atrophy and weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Digestion issues
  • Impingement and nerve compression
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

One way I recommend with maintaining good posture is with the Cat and Cow yoga pose. Improving posture and circulation at home with this simple yoga pose doesn’t require you to be an experienced Yogi. It’s one of the simpler poses that has great benefits like loosening up the back and helping circulation to relieve low back pain or sciatica.

This pose stretches the lower spine, hips, back and core muscles. The pose also opens the chest and lungs allowing for easier breathing.

Practicing the Cat and Cow pose with consistency may improve posture and promote a healthy spine.

A few of the Benefits:

  • Improves posture and balance.
  • Strengthens and stretches the spine and neck.
  • Stretches the hips, abdomen and back.
  • Increases coordination.
  • Massages and stimulates organs in the belly, like the kidneys and adrenal glands.
  • Relieves stress and calms the mind.

How to perform the Cat and Cow pose:

  1. Begin with a neutral spine, hands under shoulders with your knees under and aligned with your hips.
  2. Tilt your tail bone toward the sky while lifting your head and taking a deep inhale breath (Cow).
  3. Round your tail bone down towards the ground while pushing against the earth with your hands, rounding the spine and exhaling the breath (Cat).
  4. Do this stretch for a couple of breaths for a simple and effective way to your spine  moving and prevent back pain.

    Relieves lower back pain and sciatica by improving your posture and circulation with Cat/Cow pose

Modification and variations

  • If you have wrist pain and are unable to place weight on your wrists during the pose, you can drop down to your elbows and rest your forearms on the floor as you do the poses.
  • If you have neck pain, keep your head in a neutral alignment with your spine during the poses and do not raise or lower your head.
  • You can roll up a towel and place it under your knees for support. This can alleviate pressure and pain in your knees while on the ground.

If you experience wrist pain during this pose, modify the pose by following the instructions above or avoid performing it. If you have knee pain or injury, avoid performing the pose for an extended period of time. Also, if you experience back pain or have had a recent back injury, it is important to be cautious when performing the pose or avoid it altogether.

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Andrew Weil
Emmanual H. Nicandro