Natural Balance Therapy has a team of therapists that has been providing therapeutic treatments to residents, in all stages of life, in southeast Wisconsin for the past ten years, helping them return to a pain-free, active lifestyle. We seek to help people understand their bodies and what is causing their pain and discomfort, as well as teach them what they can do to help themselves heal. Natural Balance Therapy is known for giving people in chronic pain hope and long-lasting results.
Many of us have been told by our doctor, chiropractor, or therapist that we have a short leg or leg length discrepancy (LLD). Or maybe you have noticed that your shoes wear unevenly or that your pant legs feel different.
Many people have a leg length discrepancy, which can cause back, neck, knee and hip pain as well as other problems throughout the rest of the body. The good news is that 90 to 97% of LLD’s are "apparent" or "functional" due to misalignments in the hips and pelvis and/or muscle imbalances (most frequently in the psoas, the strongest hip flexor). Manual therapy, including myofascial release (MFR), can be very beneficial for treating the muscle imbalances that produce this sort of leg length discrepancy.
Take a look at the image below (the figure on the left) and see how a slight LLD can affect the alignment of the whole body compared to the figure on the right.
A few months back, we discussed one of the common complaints of clients at Natural Balance Therapy: pain or soreness in the upper back, between the shoulder blades. We covered how this pain can be postural in origin, as overworked muscles fatigue from the strain of fighting a forward head carriage, and suggested a couple of easy stretches to help open the front of the chest to ease the strain on the back.