If you have any posture problems, you know that they are always accompanied by discomfort, pain and even swelling and inflammation in the body.
They interfere with the quality of your life by preventing you from becoming more active and enjoying the simple things in life.
Every Part Of The Body Is Interrelated
As amazing as the body is in its design and functions, one little thing that goes wrong can set off a whole chain of events in the body that quickly leads to dysfunction.
The only built-in protection from body degeneration is the maintenance you put into your body on a daily basis.
One major part of that maintenance is simply doing things that promote good posture, and stopping any movement that can contribute to poor posture.
Causes Of Poor Posture That Interfere With You Getting Taller
Poor posture is caused from many things:
- Poor muscle tone
- Slumped shoulders
- Steroids inducing vertebral degeneration and collapse
- Knock knees
- Disc herniation
Each one of these will contribute in you losing height – sometimes an inch or more! Can you reverse the height loss and get taller?
But there’s one other cause of poor posture that really needs to be addressed – that of uneven hips and uneven leg lengths.
Who To See Or Not See When You Have A Musculoskeletal Problem
The health expert that usually detects this type of problem isn’t usually your traditional medical doctor; it’s your chiropractor.
Medical doctors have very few courses in musculoskeletal disorders and many would have to consult other specialists if they had to give a seminar on posture, let alone find a case of uneven hips or leg lengths.
That’s okay, since these health professionals are great for emergency medicine and diagnosing other illnesses, as long as you know who to visit to find out if the condition applies to you.
The health practitioner you need to determine if your leg lengths or hips are uneven is a chiropractor.
Trained for four long years on hundreds of musculoskeletal diseases and what to do about them, he or she is your go-to person to get help.
What Happens When You Have Uneven Hips
When you have a condition such as uneven hips, the unevenness throws off your normal spinal curves and can even cause a scoliosis, which is a lateral deviation of the spine.
The unevenness can also potentially make your gait abnormal, by making you put more pressure on one leg than the other.
The nursery rhyme many of us learned in grade school gives us some insight into what is happening here: The shin bone is connected to the knee bone. The knee bone is connected to the leg bone. The leg bone is connected to the hip bone… and on and on.
Since every part of the body is connected to the other parts, what happens to one part ends up causing something else to happen in a surrounding part.
Diagnosis Of Uneven Hips
So when you look at the hips that are not even with each other, you must look for the cause of it. Here are some causes:
- Undeveloped pelvic bone on one side
- Undeveloped muscles that attach to the pelvis
- Disease in one side of the pelvis
- Arthritis in pelvis or hip
- Scoliosis of the spine
In some of these cases, a person would need prompt medical attention to address the situation.
But in the case of underdeveloped muscles that attach to the pelvis, that’s one that you can handle by getting some good chiropractic care or a physical therapist who has a Ph.D. in his art.
Thirty-five different muscles attach to the pelvis. If some of these muscles are weak on one side, stronger muscles on that same side may pull the pelvis in another direction, such as lowering it, and thus resulting in a loss of evenness of the pelvis.
That’s why a health professional should direct you in what to do when you have an uneven pelvis. But it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything for it on your own.
Think about this. You have your buttock muscles, called Gluteus muscles. Did you know that there are three levels of Gluteus muscles? All of them – Gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus attach to the pelvis.
Improve Your Posture When You Have Uneven Hips: Here’s Why
Sitting for long periods of time can make you lose the tone of the buttock muscles. Sitting improperly also affects other muscles in a negative fashion.
That’s why improving posture should always be considered in any physical condition involving the skeleton.
As an aside, some women report that their PMS was associated with sititng too much and weak buttock muscles!
Your Weight Transferences Are Dealt With By Your Posture
When you stand, the weight of your torso is transferred down the spine to the sacrum which connects to the pelvis.
When you run or walk, the forces of impact will travel upwards through the femur bone into the pelvis and then to the spine.
When you sit in a slumped position, you are sitting on the sacrum, not the pelvic bones. This forces the sacrum to lock up and cause pain. Your posture has everything to do with the stress placed on your skeletal bones and how tall you are.
Improving your posture is such an easy thing to do. For starters, protect your pelvis from becoming uneven by sitting up straight in your chair.
To do this, move your tailbone as far towards the back of your seat as is possible. This sets your weight on the pelvic bones, not the sacrum. Sit equally on both sides; don’t favor one side more than the other.
Start improving your posture today. Here’s a book I recommend – Perfect Posture Program.