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?
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