Leg Length Inequality
Are your legs the same length? Well, they need to be!Many people who come into my office do not realise that they have one leg longer than the other, usually only by a few mil but occasionally by as much as 10 – 20mm or even more. Close enough often isn’t close enough. A discrepancy in leg length can lead to lower back pain, sciatica and joint pain, but worse than that the unnatural movement at the base of the spine nearly always leads to a loss of the lower disc that keeps the bones apart and keeps the bones off the nerves, hence the sciatica or leg pain. Do I have leg length inequality? The good news is that it can be quite easily recognized and rectified if you know what you are looking for. If a simple correction is made then life can, in the future, take a much better path. I have had countless patients in the past who unfortunately didn’t know these simple facts and their health has been severely affected.The correction is usually made through heel lifts that fit inside the shoe and it can take a huge amount of strain off the low back and pelvis. These cost virtually nothing and can quite simply change you life. I check every person that comes into our office to ensure that their legs are equal in length, however, there are also easy ways for you to check yourself or any of your loved ones and friends. What to look for…. First of all, look at the soles of your shoes. Is one sole more worn out than the other? If so, this can be the result of an uneven gait.
Secondly, look at yourself in a mirror and stand naturally. Are your shoulders equal? Now look at your hips. Are they equal? Now, put your thumbs on the very top of your hips and press. Do they feel level or look level?
Alternatively, ask your partner or friend to check you. It is often easier to spot by getting someone to check the level of your pelvis from behind by observation or placing the hands on either side of the pelvis and checking that they are level.
Finally, do you feel a little out of balance or are you walking unevenly or perhaps your trousers seem longer on one side than the other. I’m watching your back….are you? In my office I check every client for this vital aspect including weight distribution and signs of excessive uneven wear and tear in the spine. If we suspect a significant discrepancy, we ask for weight bearing X-rays and this is the definitive check. By spotting unevenness and making early corrections we have already saved many, many people from certain spinal degeneration. We are determined to spread this information as this is too basic to miss.Testimonial: “When Dr Tim showed me the Xrays I was both relieved that an obvious solution had been found and at the same time really annoyed that so many ‘health’ experts had missed such a simple thing. The degeneration in my spine is awful and as a retired engineer I can clearly understand why. Thanks to Dr Tim we have now discovered that my son, who is already suffering from stiffness and back pain from time to time, also has a congenital short leg and this has been corrected before things got as bad as they did for me“. Fortunately, this particular person was lucky as we discovered this inbalance early and we are making the correction that will save his lower disc and prevent a life of increasing pain and disfunction.How important is this? Unfortunately most leg inequalities go undetected; I know this as I observe good people all the time – terrible posture, lost health, wasted potential and huge shame all spring to mind. Act! ……. Get checked! …… Check your family members or get them checked.
Call Total Health Chiropractic on 6224 6326 and align your family to a life of health.Watching your back Dr Tim