HAVE YOU GOT ONE SHORTER/LONGER LEG ?

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Have you ever noticed that one of your legs is longer/shorter than the other one? 😱

DO NOT FEAR! 🧐 Yes, some people are born with a discrepancy or the so called ANISOMELIA (where there is a difference in the length of the skeletal structures), however there are cases where the discrepancy is created by other reasons, such as muscle tightness, or some kind of compression, more often happening at the coxal joint, where the head of the femur meats the acetabulum.

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➡ HOW TO CHECK FOR LLD: I usually use the LLD test, where I measure the difference using the medial malleolus. This test is probably the easiest way that I know of locating such a difference. If I find something, then I trace it towards the ASIS and check whether that is aligned, or something is off... Also I go through the position of the patella. So, as you can see, the body will give you signs of misalignment, which you should not ignore, especially if you suspect LLD.

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➡ HOW TO TREAT LLD: In the video I am performing the so called Hip unwind technique, which is very useful if done correctly. Most of the time when people perform this technique, they do it to fast and miss out on very important feedback. Here is the sequence that I use:

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➡ BRING THE LEG INTO 90 DEGREES FLEXION ->MAX INTERNAL ROTATION -> MAX ADDUCTION (this is where you will get the most impingement, so go extra slow, keep in mind the inguinal ligament the the femoral triangle)-> MAX FLEXION -> MAX EXTERNAL ROTATION -> MAX ABDUCTION -> MAX EXTENSION (use the edge of the bed) -> finish off with applying decompression on the hip joint.

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➡ Make sure the technique is flowing from one movement into another and if you feel that the hip is resisting at any point, slow down but do not stop. Yes, if the client feels numbness or pain around the groin - back off and start again. Maybe do some flossing prior to ease tension off the nerves.

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➡ My treatment will follow with PSOAS release, TFL TPT, etc...