Whether I am treating someone suffering with a bad back, sciatica, knee or ankle pain, IBS, headaches, neck pain, or frozen shoulder - to name a few, and whether they are 8 years old, 30, 60, or 90 years old, there is one thing they almost always have in common..... a rotation through the pelvis, creating a short leg on one side. This leads to an imbalance through the whole body system, which leads to tension, dysfunction, and pain.
Actually, the rotation is through the spine as well, and the shoulders. The pelvis is pulled, through tensional strain, upwards and creates a functional short leg. As the picture illustrates, when we are standing, both feet have to be on the ground of course, so the short leg side of the body is pulled down bringing the shoulder with it. Our body will compensate this by attempting to pull our weight back the other way, creating more strain. This will affect the position of our head as well, which will lead to additional strain. Due to the imbalance and rotation, the other leg will be forced to internally rotate, which will create strain through the knee and ankle joints.
Although I'm really only focusing on muscle tension and strain in this article, and how that causes pain at that level, but this will also lead to potential problems at a deeper level, such as the effect this tension and dysfunction has on our blood flow, lymphatic and endocrine systems, hormones, nerve conductivity, and even organ function.
The root cause of all of this dysfunction and tension could be just one muscle, and not anywhere near where you are experiencing the pain. For example, John had a minor lower left leg injury, which caused him to limp. This only lasted two weeks, but in that time his body compensated to protect and take the strain off the painful leg. Unknowingly John put a lot more weight through the other leg, which caused a lot of tension in his hamstrings and gluteal muscles. This was exasperated by having a desk based job with a lot of sitting and bending over a keyboard. After Johns left leg healed he was able to walk normally again, however, the tension in his right leg muscles remained, and had placed an undue strain on the pelvis, pulling it out of position. The imbalance this created through the shoulders, coupled with John's desk job, led to neck and shoulder pain, and headaches. John hadn't linked the neck pain and previous lower leg injury together as they were weeks apart and different parts of the body. Removing the tension in John's neck and shoulders helped of course, but only from removing the underlying issue that caused the pelvis, spine, and shoulders to rotate, could there be a more complete resolution.
The lower back has considerable load bearing function, and when this imbalance through the pelvis is present, it is common for the lower back to take a lot of the increased stress, leading to back pain and/or sciatic pain. As an analogy, if you were to put a loft conversion in a house that had an imbalance in its foundations, the stress would create cracks, crumbling, and even subsidence. Now, if the foundations are sound the house will take the additional load without problems.
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