At a beauty contest at the Chicago Chiropractor’s convention in 1956, the three winners were picked not only by their apparent beauty, and their X-rays, but also by their standing posture. Each girl stood on a pair of scales —one foot to each —and the winning trio each registered exactly half her weight on each scale, confirming the correct standing posture. How would you measure up?
How does uneven weight distribution can cause of hip pain, knee pain, back and neck pain, and muscle spasms?
The human body weight should be distributed fairly evenly within about 5 lbs plus or minus. It’s a great predictor of posture, overuse injuries as well as pain patterns. Uneven weight distribution leads to spinal imbalances, abnormally stress bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and discs, leading to unnatural wear and tear, fatigue, and finally pain. In turn this can irritate nerves, alter body function, and cause dis-ease. Your movements become stiff, you look older and suffer from premature aging.
Easy ways to tell if your uneven weight distribution is the cause of your hip pain, knee pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and decreased athletic performance.
Do your heels wear out unevenly?
Does it look like your head is tilted??
Does one foot kick your other pants leg or foot when you walk?
Do you veer to one side when you walk?
Do you feel off-balance?
Do you have a higher pelvis rim on one side?
Symptoms associated with uneven weight distribution
Repetitive Ankle Sprains
Runner’s Knee (occurs from abnormal patella tracking)
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Outer knee or hip pain
Muscular Imbalance and fatigue
Causes of uneven weight distribution
Lateral spinal curvatures such as scoliosis
Pelvic torsion – short leg syndrome anatomical or functional
Flat arches- arches are not the same in both feet
A weakness of one or more lower extremity muscles, which allows the pelvis to move forward or backward in relationship to the other side
An abnormal range of motion along the lower extremity joints
Poor quality shoes
Chiropractors can correct uneven weight distribution and relief hip pain, knee pain, back and neck pain, and muscle spasms.
The good news is that chiropractors can correct uneven weight distribution and the symptoms caused by it such as hip pain, knee pain, back and neck pain, and muscle spasms fairly easily. If you answered “Yes” to the questions in the Easy ways to tell section and you have any of the symptoms listed above you should consider consulting an orthopedist or better yet your trusted chiropractor.
Orthopedists tend to focus mostly on the symptom, and limit their evaluation to the sight of pain, be it ankle, knee, hip, spine, foot etc. 90% of the time they find nothing wrong after focal orthopedic evaluation, x-ray, or MRI. So they send you home with pain diagnosis and peace of mind that nothing is structurally wrong, and No you do not need surgery. That’s great, but it doesn’t help much when you continue to experience pain with the activity you love doing whether running, climbing, lifting weights, or playing sports.
The better option is seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractors who practice functional chiropractic, look at the weight distribution to asses postural imbalances that can lead to hip pain, knee pain, back and neck pain, and muscle spasms. They perform orthopedic tests, range of motion tests, neurological tests, posture tests that in combination lead to a functional diagnosis, identifying muscle imbalances, misalignments, and areas of joint dysfunction.
At Chiro-Health, Inc, a San Francisco chiropractic office we also measure the weight distribution and correlate it to the test results. In that way we identify the problem areas and the compensation areas. In many cases the area of pain is not the area that causes the pain and the imbalance. We treat with chiropractic adjustments and asymmetrical stretching and strengthening exercises to restore balance, function and the pain resolves, so that you can enjoy safe and pain free activity.
For more information on uneven weight distribution and ways to help you self treat hip pain, knee pain, back and neck pain, and muscle spasms go to Chiro-Health’s, Inc You tube channel. For questions or phone consultations you can e-mail Dr. Amelia Mazgaloff at , call Chiro-Health, Inc at (415) 546-1461 or visit http://www.chirohealthsf.com/services/.
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Like always, choose chiropractic first before surgery and medication