An asymmetrical weight shift is as common and problematic as any other imbalance I have encountered as a Personal Trainer. It is often responsible for knee, lower back, hip pain and foot problems, as it can compromise the body’s capability of stabilizing itself laterally. Anytime the body is thrown off-center, it leaves an opportunity for a small vulnerable joint to have to overcompensate major movements. That overcompensation is what will eventually lead to pain or injury. Other than a pre-existing injury, I am yet to hear any sound explanations on the root of why asymmetrical imbalances are so common. My personal theory on why this imbalance exists is based upon a person being dominant in their movement with their right or left hand, and staying that way for a lifetime. Anytime a person repetitively uses one side of their body over the other, they are creating an imbalance. I have made it a point as a Personal Trainer to train my clients to be as ambidextrous as I can possibly make them. When I can get a person to master movements with their weaker side, with proper bio-mechanics, asymmetry usually disappears. However, proper neurally coordinated movement is next to impossible for most because of improper joint mobility, so getting at the root of that problem is top priority.
Although mastering mechanics are the key to conquering structural misalignment, fascia can be a major inhibitor to this problem. An aggressive Myofascial Release regimen is usually very helpful towards building the joint mobility a person needs to achieve proper alignment. In this video, I cover one of the most common trigger-points I have found that influence asymmetry. Enjoy!!!