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Ep 368 – Does Your Knee Collapse During a Squat?
Ep 367 – How to Predict Injury & Illness? HRV
Ep 366 – Why Your Shoulder Always Hurts?
Ep. 365 – The Most Important Exercise – PLAY!
Ep 364 – Cervical Traction on Foam Roller
Ep 362 – Plantar Fascia & Foot Pain Stretch
Ep 357 – Upper Trap Release (Why I don’t do This One Often)
Ep 356 – Myofascial Release to the SCM for Headaches & Neck Pain
Ep 355 – Scapular & Shoulder Mobility Drill
Ep 352 – Why Do You Go to the Gym?
Ep 351 – Do You Have Back Pain While Doing Dishes?
Ep 344 – How to Roll Out the Low Back without Hurting It!
Ep 343 – Sprained Wrist Treatment (1 day old injury)
Ep 341 – Do You Have A Short Leg?
Have you ever been told that you have a short leg?
In the health and Chiropractic profession I see a lot of therapist tell their patients that they have some sort of condition, dysfunction and in this case, a short leg. The troubling part is not the short leg but rather that the therapist is likely not telling you the truth or they actually don’t understand the mechanics of your problem.
Why is a short leg important?
Any short leg can cause a lack of symmetry in the body. That lack of symmetry can produce biomechanics changes that cause one side to be used more often and create wear and tear. We see this in the lower back a lot when people are suffering lower back pain, SI joint pain, and/or hip pain.
So whats the deal?
You most likely do not have a short leg! Yes, DO NOT! In order to evaluate a true short leg you need to take an x-ray of the leg, thigh, and pelvis. You would also need to take an x-ray of the opposite side so that you can compare them and measure them. First of all, this is no standard and common practice to take that many x-rays for such a dysfunction. Some Chiropractors still take Full body x-rays which will allow you to see the whole body in one picture. This is very outdated and the profession, medicine has moved away from this. Finally, this subjects you to x-ray beams (ionizing radiation) that would be excessive for that individual.
When could you have a short leg?
Most true short legs occur naturally by birth. Sometimes people may have a short leg if they had surgery and hardware placed in them that can cause a length discrepancy.
So I don’t have a short leg, whats happening?
Most of the time people are actually having a “functional short leg.” This is really where you can change the function of the body and mechanics of the body that make it appear that you actually have a short leg. For example, a lot of people have a spasm or tightness into the lower back (specifically the QL muscle) and that muscle attaches to the hip. If it goes into spasm it will elevate the pelvis and make it appear as if you have a short leg.
Most short legs are not real short legs and they are due to muscle imbalances, and a lack of symmetry in the mechanics of the body. Releasing the tight muscles, strengthening the weak ones and creating balance in the body is critical for better mechanics, reduced wear and tear, and optimal performance.
Ep 334 – Spine Rolling to Standing (One & Two Leg Variations)
Ep 333 – Plank Slaps
Ep 331 – Mash Roll & Move.
MASH Roll and MOVE!
This technique can be used for most areas of the body. It is a lot more effective when you add MOVEMENT to your already existing mobility exercises. Yes, it is more advanced but if you can do it then why not? First, start by warming up the muscle and foam rolling. Now, you can do this in any manner that you have in the past but the issue is that most people do not try new things! So after you do your “normal” stuff, then try to mash and mobilize the muscles by using different directions. Using different directions and rolling side to side allows you get fibers and areas of the muscle you may have missed.
Okay, so now you are really warmed up. Let’s add movement! Start by mashing and then taking the joint and muscle through a full range of motion. Yes, it will be a little harder and possibly more tender but you can most definitely (and I recommend this) lighten up on how hard you mash. Remember, this is a technique that can be applied to other areas of the body. Doing this technique can help elongate the fibers, reduce risk of injury, promote healing, blood flow, and reduce scar tissue formation. All of this can help improve how you move and thus reduce pain!