Why is one of my legs Shorter Than the Other? Addressing an Asymmetrical Weight Shift

Why is one of my legs Longer Than the Other? Addressing an Asymmetrical Weight Shift

In this video I show you some exercises to help you balance your structure more effectively through some myofascial release techniques and a bosu ball row. Be sure to research the FP library as there are literally 100’S OF BLOGPOSTS that integrate directly with this video. If you are looking for a more systematized approach to attacking your muscle imbalances, it is recommended you check out our material for purchase on this site.

The Rundown on Asymmetries…

Although there are people out there who have legitimate structural leg length discrepancies, in my career I have met many who functionally just had an asymmetrical weight shift giving the appearance of a leg length discrepancy. As a result, we see many people unnecessarily using braces or orthodics to compensate for a deficient integrated musculoskeletal structure.

Asymmetries are all too common in our modern culture. The primary reason for it is rooted in the core musculature.

Since we are seated for so many hours per day and have this function ingrained in our structure after 10’s of thousands of hours, it is quite likely that the need for intrinsic core stability in the Transverse Abdominis will become non existent. Why? Because our body does not need to stabilize much to sit in a chair. The TVA (Transverse Abdominis) is responsible for maintaining our structure upright and preventing asymmetrical weight compensation patterns. This muscle acts as a natural weight belt in our structure too add internal core stabilization, so that the rotational sling systems can propel us into movement. If you can use your rotational slings correctly, the lateral bending and shifting that orients asymmetries will with time disappear.

After witnessing thousands of people who do not appear to unconsciously know the function of rotation in the thoracic spine, the end results of lateral shifting and bending in the spine, ribs, and pelvis will be inevitable. Within time the body will adapt to using one side more and we have the foundation of an asymmetrical weight shift. If you want to test this. Throw a ball or rock with one hand, and then throw it with another. If both sides are not equally working the same, you have an asymmetry. Ofcourse most in the field of fitness would deem this lacking of this throwing ability as “natural” or “normal”, but I always ask if these people are simply excusing a flawed system that cannot address this problem?

At Functional Patterns, our aim is to hit targets that many deem impossible. Not only are we theorizing it, we are applying it and seeing the results in the people we train worldwide!

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5 Comments

  1. Amber Johansen August 10, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    What is the rep/set/time that you would put a client through on the bosu? Also, I would like to get a machine like you have in your shop/studio. What model do you recommend?

    I have a small studio that focuses on pain free living through movement. Your site is extremely helpful to me personally and to my clients. You’ve opened my mind to a whole different way of training. Thank you!

    Amber

  2. Stephen August 10, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I’ve had an asymmetry for a few years, seen physios and asked other trainer and never been helped because they all thought it was something different yet none could solve it. It’s gotten so bad to the point that it effects my ability to train in a non FP way and as a result of this and a less than perfect diet i’ve also put quite a bit of weight on, in particular in the lower abdomen and hips.

    I emailed you just recently Naudi asking for a little help with this but i did not mention the hip as i’ve literally become accustomed to the problem and would love your advice on addressing this, my diet and training in general to get my weight down as well as fixing the asymmetry and my general fitness

  3. Chris August 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I appreciate your discussion and techniques to promote myofascial release. Having playing baseball for 20+ years, I certainly have asymmetries.

  4. Jordan December 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Wow, this video finally gives me an understanding of what’s going on in my body. Every time I go to the chiropractor my right leg is higher than the other and I keep telling him that my entire left side feels tight and jammed. I feel like my ribcage on my left side is glued to my hip bone! Obviously that’s an overstatement but that’s how it feels. Which in turns causes my obliques and shoulder to hurt. Now trying to fix it is the next hurdle!

  5. yo October 19, 2016 at 6:39 am - Reply

    this video is private? :((

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