Humans are generally very symmetrical, which is why chiropractors and other physical therapists use symmetry as a way to measure structural integrity. Leg length inequality is an efficient and highly effective way to assess spinal problems, with a discrepancy between your right and left sides often highlighting underlying issues.
Differences in leg length can be structural, functional, or a combination of the two. Here at Natural Health Houston, we carry out detailed leg length examinations to test for structural and functional differences and initiate tailored chiropractic care programs based on your needs.
STRUCTURAL DIFFERENCES – If one leg is shorter than the other in a way that’s structural, the discrepancy is said to exist because of anatomical differences. The difference is normally due to shortened bones or cartilage, with two common examples including a shortened tibia and a malformed hip. While there is nothing chiropractors can do to make the legs equal, they can work on the spine and surrounding soft tissue to reduce any negative effects.
FUNCTIONAL DIFFERENCES – Functional differences occur due to changes in the soft tissues that surround the bones and joints. Unlike structural differences that exist from birth, functional differences normally develop over time as the result of injury, poor posture, or structural misalignment. The overuse of muscles can lead to functional differences, as can poor posture or too much sitting down. Chiropractors can have a significant effect on functional differences through adjustments, massage, and therapeutic exercise programs.
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